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Table 4 Most frequently reported reasons for breastfeeding discontinuation by duration of breastfeeding among women who initiated breastfeeding (N = 181)*

From: Breastfeeding practices in a cohort of inner-city women: the role of contraindications

  < 2 weeks
(n = 41)
2 weeks-2 months
(n = 59)
2–4 months
(n = 56)
> 4 months
(n = 25)
Reason N %‡ N %‡ N %‡ N %‡
Nipple/breast problems 13 32% 11 19% 6 11% 0 0%
Insufficient milk 5 12% 15 25% 15 27% 6 24%
Schedule difficult 2 5% 10 17% 9 16% 8 32%
Baby refused 7 17% 15 25% 17 30% 4 16%
Did not want to 7 17% 2 3% 0 0% 3 12%
Other 10 24% 10 17% 12 21% 6 24%
  1. *A total of 201 women breastfeed, but the reason for discontinuation was missing for 3 women and unknown for 17 women still breastfeeding at the end of the study. †Reasons infrequently reported in all groups were "I (mother) was ill/weak," "baby was ill/weak," "I didn't want to pass dangerous things through breastmilk," and "I was never taught or didn't know how." ‡Percentages may exceed 100% because some women listed multiple reasons for not breastfeeding and because of rounding.