Table 2.

Reasons Pediatricians Recommend Mothers of Full-term Infants to Not Breastfeed or to Discontinue Breastfeeding (% Respondents)

Mother is HIV-infected or a drug abuser91
Medications taken by mother may be harmful to infant90
Mother opposes breastfeeding58
Mother has breast infection (mastitis)23
Mother has nipple problems20
Mothers' milk supply seems inadequate19
Infant's slow weight gain17
Poor health of baby13
Jaundiced infant8
Mother is too young or immature7
Mother has cracked nipples6
Other*<5
  • * Inconvenience/time demands of breastfeeding, mother is employed outside of home, father's desire to participate in feedings, baby is teething, respondents' personal views towards breastfeeding.