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Table 6 Reasons indicated by mothers who stopped breastfeeding before their children turned two (n = 89)

From: Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of breastfeeding among women visiting primary healthcare clinics on the island of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Reasons cited as important Number (%)
Lactation factors
 Breast problem (pain, cracked nipple, etc.) 8 (9)
Psychosocial factors
 Breastfeeding was tiring 9 (10.1)
 Felt it was time to stop 5 (5.6)
 Had too many household duties or other commitments 4 (4.5)
 Difficulty finding nursing areas outside the home 4 (4.5)
 Breastfeeding was too inconvenient 3 (3.4)
 Lack of husband’s support 2 (2.2)
 Family recommendation 1 (1.1)
 Wanted or needed someone else to feed my baby 0 (0)
Nutritional factors
 Decreased milk production 68 (76.4)
 Baby hungry/unsatisfied after feeding 30 (33.3)
 Baby not gaining sufficient weight 10 (11.2)
 Physician’s recommendation 5 (5.6)
Lifestyle factors
 Decreased food intake by mother 6 (6.7)
 The mother’s hair started falling out 2 (2.2)
 Breastfeeding was affecting the mother’s shape/body image 1 (1.1)
Medical factors
 Health problems related to the mother (maternal illness/medication use, etc.) 8 (9)
 Became pregnant or wanted to become pregnant again 5 (5.6)
 Child health problem 0 (0)
Milk-pumping factors
 Pumping milk difficult/time consuming, etc. 4 (4.5)
Infant’s self-weaning factors
 Refused to feed 19 (21.3)
 Began to bite 5 (5.6)
Work related factors
 Had to return to work 14 (15.7)
 Maternity leave not long enough to develop breastfeeding schedule/habit 24 (14.5)
 Insufficient time off during work days for breastfeeding 20 (12)
 Home too far from work for breastfeeding 9 (5.4)
 Lack of work flexibility for breastfeeding time 9 (5.4)
 Lack of nursery at or close to work 8 (4.8)
 Could not or did not want to pump or breastfeed at work 8 (4.8)
 Problems related to workplace 4 (2.4)
 Other reasons 4 (2.4)
 Other factors 3 (3.4)