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Table 5 Reasons for discontinuation of exclusive breastfeeding (n = 167)*

From: Constraints to exclusive breastfeeding practice among breastfeeding mothers in Southwest Nigeria: implications for scaling up

Variable N %
Baby continued to be hungry after feeding 49 29
Maternal health problem 45 27
Fear of infant becoming addicted to breast milk 43 26
Due to pains in my breast 41 25
My mother-law pressured me to wean the baby 41 25
I was not making enough breast milk to satisfy my child 40 24
I returned to work/business 28 24
Lack of husband's support 46 23
Breastfeeding was too tiring 37 22
My neighbours pressured me to wean the baby 37 22
Baby refused breast milk 36 22
I was losing weight 33 20
I feel dizzy at times during breastfeeding 30 18
Due to pregnancy 22 13
My baby was not gaining enough weight 19 11
I was not feeding well 19 11
  1. *Women could give more than one reason