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Table 4 Reasons for no longer breastfeeding at 14 weeks as reported by mothers at KIBS 2

From: Are we doing enough? Improved breastfeeding practices at 14 weeks but challenges of non-initiation and early cessation of breastfeeding remain: findings of two consecutive cross-sectional surveys in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

REASON FOR NOT BREASTFEEDINGTotal
N = 192
n (%)
Never breastfed
N = 57
n (%)
Stopped breastfeeding
N = 135
n (%)
Returning to work or school57 (29.7)10 (17.5)47 (34.8)
Mothers health including HIV43 (22.4)18 (31.6)25 (18.5)
Breastfeeding problems related to the baby: includes baby hungry, not enough milk, baby crying all the time42 (21.9)9 (15.8)33 (24.4)
Breastfeeding problems related to the mother: includes breast conditions, breastfeeding painful7 (3.6)2 (3.5)5 (3.7)
Unable to establish breastfeeding5 (2.6)5 (8.8)0 (0)
Advised by health worker or family to stop breastfeeding12 (6.3)6 (10.5)6 (4.4)
Other or no response26 (13.5)7 (12.3)19 (14.1)