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Prevalence of Breast-Feeding Initiation*

1999 North Carolina Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System Survey Results
  No Yes
Demographic Groups Total Respondents N % 95% C.I. N % 95% C.I.
Total 1609 614 35.8 32.8-38.9 995 64.2 61.1-67.2
Age
< 20 years 241 135 55.4 46.9-63.5 106 44.6 36.5-53.1
20-24 years 419 191 42.7 36.7-48.8 228 57.3 51.2-63.3
25-34 years 771 232 27.7 23.9-31.9 539 72.3 68.1-76.1
35+ years 178 56 27.7 20.2-36.8 122 72.3 63.2-79.8
Mother's Race
White 1106 332 28.9 25.7-32.4 774 71.1 67.6-74.3
African American 446 258 57.9 51.2-64.3 188 42.1 35.7-48.8
Other Minorities 57 24 40.1 25.2-57.0 33 59.9 43.0-74.8
Hispanic origin
Yes 102 21 16.8 9.9-27.0 81 83.2 73.0-90.1
No 1507 593 37.5 34.4-40.8 914 62.5 59.2-65.6
Education
< High School 363 210 54.9 48.1-61.6 153 45.1 38.4-51.9
High School 525 258 46.6 41.0-52.2 267 53.4 47.8-59.0
> High School 720 146 18.7 15.5-22.4 574 81.3 77.6-84.5
Marital Status
Married 1077 305 27.0 23.8-30.5 772 73.0 69.5-76.2
Other 532 309 55.6 49.9-61.3 223 44.4 38.7-50.1
Income
15,999 or less 464 256 51.2 45.1-57.3 208 48.8 42.7-54.9
16,000-24,999 250 105 42.1 34.4-50.1 145 57.9 49.9-65.6
25,000-39,999 246 85 32.4 25.5-40.2 161 67.6 59.8-74.5
40,000 or more 494 97 18.8 15.0-23.4 397 81.2 76.6-85.0
WIC recipient
No 841 247 26.9 23.3-30.8 594 73.1 69.2-76.7
Yes 754 365 46.1 41.5-50.8 389 53.9 49.2-58.5
Medicaid recipient
No 806 195 24.2 20.7-28.0 611 75.8 72.0-79.3
Yes 803 419 48.9 44.2-53.5 384 51.1 46.5-55.8
Infant's birth weight
Under 1500 grams 219 89 42.5 35.9-49.4 130 57.5 50.6-64.1
1500-2499 grams 527 235 46.8 42.5-51.1 292 53.2 48.9-57.5
2500+ grams 860 289 34.9 31.8-38.3 571 65.1 61.7-68.2

*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.