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Table 5 Barriers to breastfeeding among adolescents 17 and younger in North Carolina's Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System

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

  Yes (%)
Number of reasons given for not initiating breastfeeding (n = 115)
   0 2 (2)
   1 56 (47)
   2 33 (28)
   3+ 24 (24)
Reasons for not initiating breastfeeding*
   I didn't like breastfeeding 66 (59)
   I went back to work or school 44 (43)
   Other 31 (26)
   I was embarrassed to breastfeed 13 (17)
   I didn't want to be tied down 15 (14)
   I wanted my body back to myself 15 (11)
   I had too many household duties 9 (9)
   I had other children to take care of 6 (4)
Number of reasons given for stopping breastfeeding (n = 102)
   1 40 (37)
   2 26 (24)
   3+ 36 (40)
Reasons for stopping*   
   I went back to work or school 30 (34)
   Breast milk alone did not satisfy my baby 28 (33)
   I thought I was not producing enough milk 39 (32)
   My nipples were sore, cracked, or bleeding 26 (28)
   Other 28 (19)
   My baby had difficulty nursing 22 (19)
   I felt it was the right time to stop breastfeeding 13 (16)
   I wanted/needed someone else to feed the baby 11 (13)
   I thought my baby was not gaining enough weight 12 (10)
   I had too many other household duties 12 (9)
   I got sick and could not breastfeed 3 (6)
   My baby got sick and could not breastfeed 4 (5)
  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 or were not asked questions on barriers with response options for all study years were excluded. 115 participants who did not initiate were asked their reasons for not breastfeeding. 102 participants who had stopped breastfeeding by the time of the survey were asked their reasons for stopping. Data are weighted to account for the sampling, nonresponse, and noncoverage. *Teens could choose more than one reason.