Chapter 3. Infant Feeding

Table 3.63. Percent of mothers who had each problem with a breast pump by infant age1,2, among mothers who used a pump at each age

Infant Feeding Practices Study II

Problems mothers had with a breast pump Months 0-2 Months 3-5 Months 6-7
Pressure or suction from the pump was hard to release 6.4 5.7 4.1
Pump was uncomfortable or painful to use even though it did not cause injury 24.7 16.1 12.9
Pump had a bad seal or milk got into the motor or other place it should not be 8.4 8.6 5.8
Could not get pump to work or to express any milk 9.1 6.4 6.2
Pump worked, but did not get enough/much milk 30.0 28.6 26.2
Pump worked, but it took too long to get enough milk 27.7 25.8 18.7
Pump worked for a while but then quit working 5.4 4.8 2.3
Pump had another problem 3.4 3.1 2.6
N 1,723 922 567

1Table is based on variables: M2D27A-H, M5D26A-H, M7D26A-H
2Column percentages do not add up to 100% because mothers could choose all that apply