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HealthStyles Survey — Breastfeeding Practices: 1999

The HealthStyles survey is one of a pair of linked postal mail surveys sent to a sample of adults aged 18 years and older. It is drawn to be nationally representative of seven U.S. Census Bureau demographic characteristics. The first survey is a consumer survey about general media habits, product use, interests, and lifestyle. The second survey, HealthStyles, focuses on health orientations and practices. This survey has been administered annually since 1995. From 1995 through 2001 it was linked with the DDB Needham LifeStyles consumer survey. Beginning in 2002 it is linked with the Porter Novelli ConsumerStyles survey. HealthStyles is a proprietary database product of Porter Novelli and is licensed by the CDC for audience analysis in health communication planning.

For additional information regarding CDC's involvement in the annual Healthstyles Survey, visit the CDC Office of Communications.

HealthStyles Questions and Data by Year

All items are coded on the likert scale of 1 to 5 from strongly disagree, to moderately disagree, neither disagree nor agree, moderately agree, or strongly agree.

1999 HealthStyles Survey Items

Question# Analyzed
Respondents
AgreeNeither
Agree/
Disagree
Disagree
Breastfeeding is healthier for babies than formula feeding.2,58867.6%25.0%7.3%
Feeding a baby formula instead of breast milk increases the chances the baby will get sick.2,55721.7%36.9%41.4%
Infant formula is as good as breast milk.2,55214.3%33.7%51.9%
I am comfortable when mothers breastfeed their babies near me in a public place, such as a shopping center, bus station, etc.2,60049.9%22.1%28.0%
Mothers who breastfeed should do so in private places only.2,60734.8%26.2%38.9%
If a close friend or relative was having a baby, I would recommend she breastfeed2,57352.4%34.6%12.9%
Women should be encouraged to breastfeed.2,60855.2%35.2%9.7%

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