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Summary of Breastfeeding Indicators

 
More info on Prevalence Tables:
 Summary of Health Indicators
 Summary of Breastfeeding Indicators
 Geographic Comparison of Health Indicators
 Health Indicators by Demographic Variables
 Birth Outcome and Risk Factor Analysis
   

Use

Use the PedNSS Table 3, Summary of Breastfeeding Indicators to examine the prevalence of breastfeeding at various points in time. The time periods that show the greatest decrease in breastfeeding prevalence may indicate critical times when breastfeeding interventions could be implemented.

This table can be used to answer questions such as:

  • What is the difference in the prevalence of breastfed at 1+ week compared to breastfed at 6+ weeks?


Interpreting the Data

The following paragraphs provide general information about the table data that will help you with interpretation.

Prevalence
Prevalence represents the percent of infants at a given age who are being breastfed. The number of records with valid breastfeeding data differs at each time period for breastfeeding duration because the infant must meet both of the following conditions:

  • Be at least the age indicated in the time period.
  • Have had a visit at which valid breastfeeding data were collected.

Comparisons of Contributor-level and National Data
For contributor-level (C) tables, the data include both contributor prevalence and PedNSS national prevalence, allowing you to compare the two values. Because the national prevalence of health indicators is relatively stable from one year to the next, the tables show national data from the prior year. This allows the CDC to produce the contributorís PedNSS and PNSS reports as soon as the data for the reporting period are received from the contributor.


Sample: PedNSS Table 3C, Summary of Breastfeeding Indicators

We're going to look at sections of the PedNSS Table 3C, Summary of Breastfeeding Indicators. You can click on the View Sample Table link below each portion to review the entire table. The sample table is numbered to match the portions shown below.

Breastfed

Sample: PedNSS Table 3C Summary of Breastfeeding Indicators

view tableView Sample PedNSS Table 3C, Summary of Demographic Indicators

1 Ever Breastfed includes 57,876 records with valid breastfeeding data for infants in this state born during the reporting period of January 1 through December 31. The prevalence (%) is 52.3%.

Note the decline in prevalence between Breastfed 1+ Weeks and Breastfed 2+ Weeks (from 53.3% to 44.7%). Another significant decline (to 33.8%) occurs at Breastfed 6+ Weeks, the time when many mothers return to work.

Note that the prevalence for Breastfed 1+ Weeks (53.3%) is higher than the prevalence for Ever Breastfed (52.3%). As these figures illustrate, some analyses may show that slightly more infants are breastfed at older ages. This difference may occur because of variation in the infants included in the records selected for breastfeeding analysis.

Review the definition of Breastfeeding and its prevalence calculation.

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United States Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity