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Prevalence of Breast-Feeding Initiation*

1997 North Carolina Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System Survey Results
  No Yes
Demographic Groups Total Respondents N % 95% C.I. N % 95% C.I.
Total 768 309 41.2 36.6-46.0 459 58.8 54.0-63.4
Age
< 20 years 116 66 55.3 43.0-67.0 50 44.7 33.0-57.0
20-24 years 211 97 50.4 41.1-59.7 114 49.6 40.3-58.9
25-34 years 359 124 34.9 28.7-41.6 235 65.1 58.4-71.3
35+ years 82 22 20.5 11.6-33.7 60 79.5 66.3-88.4
Mother's Race
White 519 169 34.6 29.3-40.2 350 65.4 59.8-70.7
African American 227 126 55.4 46.3-64.2 101 44.6 35.8-53.7
Other Minorities 22 14 58.5 32.0-80.9 8 41.5 19.1-68.0
Hispanic origin
Yes 17 4 5.3 1.5-17.3 13 94.7 82.7-98.5
No 751 305 41.8 37.1-46.6 446 58.2 53.4-62.9
Education
< High School 146 89 61.0 49.4-71.6 57 39.0 28.4-50.6
High School 263 134 53.1 44.8-61.2 129 46.9 38.8-55.2
> High School 359 86 23.3 18.3-29.1 273 76.7 70.9-81.7
Marital Status
Married 519 149 29.5 24.6-35.0 370 70.5 65.0-75.4
Other 249 160 64.3 55.7-72.0 89 35.7 28.0-44.3
Income
15,999 or less 244 143 58.3 49.1-67.0 101 41.7 33.0-50.9
16,000-24,999 113 41 41.9 29.4-55.6 72 58.1 44.4-70.6
25,000-39,999 130 47 39.7 29.8-50.5 83 60.3 49.5-70.2
40,000 or more 235 51 24.0 17.9-31.4 184 76.0 68.6-82.1
WIC recipient
No 418 118 28.1 22.9-34.0 300 71.9 66.0-77.1
Yes 344 189 56.4 49.0-63.4 155 43.6 36.6-51.0
Medicaid recipient
No 397 100 27.4 22.2-33.3 297 72.6 66.7-77.8
Yes 371 209 56.8 49.5-63.8 162 43.2 36.2-50.5
Infant's birth weight
Under 1500 grams 116 48 43.7 34.8-53.1 68 56.3 46.9-65.2
1500-2499 grams 251 111 47.1 40.8-53.4 140 52.9 46.6-59.2
2500+ grams 399 150 40.8 35.9-45.9 249 59.2 54.1-64.1

*Survey Question:
Data in this table are recoded responses to survey question 42. For how many weeks did you breast
feed your new baby?

Percents based on fewer than 50 total respondents may not be reliable.
Interpret these percentages with caution. C.I. = confidence interval.