Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

HealthStyles Survey — Public Beliefs and Attitudes About Breastfeeding: 2001

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, moderately disagree, neither disagree nor agree, moderately agree, or strongly agree.

2001 HealthStyles Survey Items

Question # Analyzed
Agree Neither
I believe employers should provide flexible work schedules, such as additional break time, for breastfeeding mothers. 3,691 49.7% 31.8% 18.5%
I believe employers should provide extended maternity leave to make it easier for mothers to breastfeed. 3,647 47.4% 32.3% 20.3%
I believe employers should provide a private room for breastfeeding mothers to pump their milk at work. 3,668 43.1% 30.9% 26.0%
I would support tax incentives for employers who make special accommodations to make it easier for mothers to breastfeed. 3,657 27.0% 32.7% 40.2%
I believe women should have the right to breastfeed in public places. 3,680 43.1% 28.6% 28.2%
Shopping malls should provide private places to help women breastfeed their babies. 3,679 52.1% 28.7% 19.2%
Public buildings need to have a room where women could breastfeed and pump milk for their babies. 3,681 40.7% 33.1% 26.2%
I believe breastfeeding education should be available as part of a high school health education curriculum. 3,670 33.5% 30.4% 36.1%
It is appropriate to show a woman breastfeeding her baby on TV programs. 3,624 27.9% 32.5% 39.6%
 Top of Page