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Prevalence of Breast-Feeding Initiation*

1998 North Carolina Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System Survey Results
  No Yes
Demographic Groups Total Respondents N % 95% C.I. N % 95% C.I.
Total 1599 632 38.4 35.4-41.5 967 61.6 58.5-64.6
Age
< 20 years 246 140 57.3 48.8-65.3 106 42.7 34.7-51.2
20-24 years 445 193 41.7 35.9-47.7 252 58.3 52.3-64.1
25-34 years 728 248 33.0 29.0-37.3 480 67.0 62.7-71.0
35+ years 180 51 28.2 20.3-37.6 129 71.8 62.4-79.7
Mother's Race
White 1069 350 31.4 28.1-34.9 719 68.6 65.1-71.9
African American 464 253 59.5 53.3-65.4 211 40.5 34.6-46.7
Other Minorities 66 29 39.8 26.0-55.5 37 60.2 44.5-74.0
Hispanic origin
Yes 76 9 9.4 3.8-21.4 67 90.6 78.6-96.2
No 1522 623 40.6 37.5-43.7 899 59.4 56.3-62.5
Education
< High School 331 198 54.8 47.5-61.9 133 45.2 38.1-52.5
High School 533 261 47.7 42.3-53.1 272 52.3 46.9-57.7
> High School 734 173 24.2 20.6-28.3 561 75.8 71.7-79.4
Marital Status
Married 1060 321 29.6 26.4-33.1 739 70.4 66.9-73.6
Other 539 311 57.5 51.7-63.1 228 42.5 36.9-48.3
Income
15,999 or less 482 266 54.5 48.5-60.3 216 45.5 39.7-51.5
16,000-24,999 253 110 38.1 30.9-45.8 143 61.9 54.2-69.1
25,000-39,999 260 97 39.1 32.0-46.6 163 60.9 53.4-68.0
40,000 or more 480 103 23.5 19.2-28.4 377 76.5 71.6-80.8
WIC recipient
No 852 252 29.9 26.2-33.9 600 70.1 66.1-73.8
Yes 731 376 48.9 44.2-53.7 355 51.1 46.3-55.8
Medicaid recipient
No 819 221 27.6 24.1-31.5 598 72.4 68.5-75.9
Yes 780 411 51.0 46.3-55.6 369 49.0 44.4-53.7
Infant's birth weight
Under 1500 grams 195 61 31.8 25.5-38.9 134 68.2 61.1-74.5
1500-2499 grams 526 248 50.4 46.1-54.8 278 49.6 45.2-53.9
2500+ grams 878 323 37.7 34.5-41.0 555 62.3 59.0-65.5

*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.