Table 3

Primary reason for weaning according to infants' age at weaning

Infants' age in months when no longer receiving any breastmilk


Characteristic

Total

(N = 1103)a

%

<1

(n = 469)

%

1 to <3

(n = 322)

%

3 to <6

(n = 132)

%

6 to <9

(n = 97)

%

9 to <12

(n = 83)

%


Insufficient milk

34.5

36.7

31.1

37.1

35.1

30.1

Returning to Work†

31.4

12.6

58.7

48.5

23.7

13.3

Baby is always hungry†

14.1

21.5

11.8

4.6

4.1

7.2

Maternal illness†

11.7

17.3

7.8

5.3

6.2

12.1

Sucking/latching problems†

10.9

17.1

5.0

5.3

8.3

10.8

Fatigue/stress†

10.3

15.1

7.1

7.6

5.2

6.0

Inconvenient/too time consuming

8.9

10.9

7.1

9.1

8.3

4.8

Nipple/breast pain†

5.7

9.0

2.5

1.5

5.2

7.2

Infant illness†

4.8

9.4

2.5

0.8

0.0

0.0

Right time to wean†

3.5

0.2

0.0

6.1

19.6

13.3

Poor weight gain

1.9

3.0

1.6

0.0

1.0

1.2


p < .001

a 16 participants did not have a stated reason for weaning

Tarrant et al. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010 10:27   doi:10.1186/1471-2393-10-27

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