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What were your reasons for stopping breastfeeding?
(a) My baby had difficulty nursing 31.1%
Breast milk alone did not satisfy my baby 36.3%
I thought my baby was not gaining enough weight 17.2%
My baby was sick and could not breastfeed 2.9%
My nipples were sore, cracked, or bleeding 25.8%
I thought I was not producing enough milk 33.2%
I had too many other household duties 10.7%
I felt it was the right time to stop breastfeeding 11.8%
I got sick and could not breastfeed 5.2%
I went back to work or school 21.8%
I wanted or needed someone else to feed my baby 13.7%
My baby was jaundiced (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes) 9.4%
Other 26.2%
a (n = 564); multiple response

  • All results are weighted.
  • These results are for surveys that were mailed to mothers from April 2004 through March 2005. Child's dates of birth were from 1/1/2004 through 12/31/2004.
  • The number of respondents (n) is the number of women who chose the responses above.
  • Percents may not add to 100.0 due to rounding.
*2004 Data collected under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol.

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