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HealthStyles Survey — Public Beliefs and Attitudes About Breastfeeding: 2009

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.

2009 HealthStyles Survey Items

Question # Analyzed
Agree Neither
I believe employers should provide flexible work schedules, such as additional break time, for breastfeeding mothers. 4508 56.0% 30.2% 13.8%
I would support tax incentives for employers who make special accommodations to make it easier for mothers to breastfeed. 4459 25.3% 35.9% 38.8%
I believe employers should provide a private room for breastfeeding mothers to pump their milk at work. 4479 45.5% 30.5% 24.0%
I believe employers should provide extended maternity leave to make it easier for mothers to breastfeed. 4490 46.7% 36.3% 17.1%
Breastfeeding or pumping milk at work is a personal choice, not something a manager should have to deal with. 4446 40.6% 33.5% 25.8%
It is inconvenient for others at work when women take time to breastfeed or pump milk during work hours. 4462 26.4% 39.5% 34.1%
There should be a federal law providing paid maternity leave to workers. 4462 44.7% 29.0% 26.3%

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