TABLE 3

Relative Likelihood (Adjusted Odds Ratio) That Women in Various Sociodemographic Categories Considered Selected Reasons as Important in Their Decision to Stop Breastfeeding

VariableMy Baby Had Trouble Sucking or Latching OnI Wanted or Needed Someone Else to Feed the BabyBreast Milk Alone Did not Satisfy My BabyI Wanted My Body Back to MyselfI Was Sick or Had to Take MedicinePumping Milk no Longer Seemed Worth the Effort That It RequiredMy Baby Lost Interest in Nursing or Began to wean Himself or Herself
Age, y
    18–240.901.460.781.730.751.370.73
    25–291.111.050.941.210.871.330.88
    30–340.611.051.121.000.951.271.07
    ≥35ReferentReferentReferentReferentReferentReferentReferent
Marital status
    Unmarried0.751.191.001.081.141.011.08
    MarriedReferentReferentReferentReferentReferentReferentReferent
Parity
    Primiparous1.70a0.881.080.56a0.791.41a1.39a
    MultiparousReferentReferentReferentReferentReferentReferentReferent
Education
    High school or less0.950.670.890.52a0.990.33a0.87
    Some college0.840.730.840.65a0.880.61a0.93
    College graduateReferentReferentReferentReferentReferentReferentReferent
Income as percentage of federal poverty level
    <185%1.061.191.45a0.821.380.731.40
    185%–349%0.931.141.36a0.741.040.941.40
    ≥350%ReferentReferentReferentReferentReferentReferentReferent
Postpartum WIC participation
    NoReferentReferentReferentReferentReferentReferentReferent
    Yes1.150.991.180.771.110.961.10
Race
    Non-Hispanic whiteReferentReferentReferentReferentReferentReferentReferent
    Non-Hispanic black1.070.941.061.361.000.401.84
    Hispanic1.100.981.63a1.350.920.980.89
    Other1.121.351.121.281.500.721.09
Region
    Northeast0.721.210.800.991.241.100.88
    Midwest0.821.390.910.940.641.040.82
    South0.56a1.020.930.810.960.850.93
    WestReferentReferentReferentReferentReferentReferentReferent
  • Adjusted Odds ratios listed for each sociodemographic category were obtained after controlling for all the others shown plus weaning age.

  • a Significantly different from the referent category (95% confidence interval did not include 1).