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Table 3 What women do when faced with having to breastfeed in front of someone they are uncomfortable with

From: Helpful and challenging aspects of breastfeeding in public for women living in Australia, Ireland and Sweden: a cross-sectional study

ThemesWomen living in Australia
(N = 1600)
n (%)
Women living in Ireland
(N = 1139)
n (%)
Women living in Sweden
(N = 1348)
n (%)
Made the effort to be discreet994 (62.1%)512 (44.9%)513 (38.1%)
Moved to a private location454 (28.4%)291 (25.5%)272 (20.2%)
Turned away217 (19.0%)334 (20.9%)154 (11.4%)
Just got on with breastfeeding364 (22.8%)103 (9.0%)270 (20.0%)
Never felt uncomfortable breastfeeding in front of others108 (6.8%)82 (7.2%)62 (4.6%)
Not my problem77 (4.8%)18 (1.6%)14 (1.0%)
Flagged their intention to breastfeed62 (3.9%)41 (3.5%)8 (0.6%)
Tried to avoid the situation57 (3.6%)34 (2.9%)44 (3.3%)
Used EBM or infant formula22 (1.4%)13 (1.1%)6 (0.4%)
Had someone supportive with them13 (0.8%)7 (0.6%)5 (0.4%)
  1. Women offered multiple responses so frequencies do not add up to 100%