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Table 3 Breastfeeding outcomes by race/ethnicity among adolescents ages 17 and younger in North Carolina's Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (n = 389)

From: Infant feeding experiences among teen mothers in North Carolina: Findings from a mixed-methods study

  Total White Black Hispanic Other  
  n = 389 (100%) n = 164 (42.2%) n = 159 (40.9%) n = 52 (13.4%) n = 14 (3.6%) p-value*
Ever breastfed**            
   Yes 196 (52.1) 87 (52.2) 61 (34.6) 44 (88.7) 4 (34.7)  
   No 193 (47.9) 77 (47.8) 98 (65.4) 8 (11.3) 10 (65.3) 0.000
Breastfeeding duration            
   None 193 (48.5) 77 (48.9) 98 (65.7) 8 (11.4) 10 (65.3)  
   < 1 week 13 (4.4) 7 (6.3) 4 (3.1) 0 (0.0) 2 (17.6)  
   1 - 4 weeks 79 (18.8) 38 (18.8) 25 (14.7) 14 (26.7) 2 (17.0)  
   > 4 weeks 97 (28.4) 39 (26.0) 29 (16.5) 29 (61.9) 0 (0.0) 0.000
   Missing 7   3   3   1     
Breastfeeding exclusively through 4 weeks***            
   Yes 59 (16.9) 29 (19.3) 17 (8.4) 13 (30.3) 0 (0.0)  
   No 322 (83.2) 132 (80.7) 139 (91.6) 37 (69.7) 14 (100.0) 0.003
   Missing 8   3   3   2     
Health care worker discussed breastfeeding            
   Yes 356 (93.7) 154 (96.4) 145 (94.7) 44 (83.8) 13 (100.0)  
   No 23 (6.3) 8 (3.6) 9 (5.3) 6 (16.2) 0 (0.0) 0.084
   Missing 10   2   5   2   1   
  1. Note. All data were derived from the North Carolina Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (NC PRAMS), 2000-2005 and 2007. The study sample included teens with live births who were 13 to 17 years old at the time of delivery. Teens who did not answer the breastfeeding question were excluded. Data are weighted to account for the sampling, nonresponse, and noncoverage. *Based on chi-square significance tests. **Refers to teens who ever breastfed or pumped breast milk for baby after delivery. ***Refers to teens who have not fed their baby anything other than breast milk through four weeks postpartum.