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HealthStyles Survey — Public Beliefs and Attitudes About Breastfeeding: 2007

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.

2007 HealthStyles Survey Items

Question # Analyzed
Agree Neither
Mothers who breastfeed should do so in private places only. 4,326 35.8% 26.0% 38.2%
I am comfortable when mothers breastfeed their babies near me in a public place, such as a shopping center, bus station, etc. 4,350 44.1% 24.6% 31.3%
I believe women should have the right to breastfeed in public places. 4,321 52.0% 23.8% 24.2%
Infant formula is as good as breast milk. 4,163 20.2% 27.2% 52.6%
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