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Table 3 Primary reason for weaning according to infants' age at weaning

From: Breastfeeding and weaning practices among Hong Kong mothers: a prospective study

   Infants' age in months when no longer receiving any breastmilk
Characteristic Total
(N = 1103)a
%
<1
(n= 469)
%
1 to <3
(n= 322)
%
3 to <6
(n= 132)
%
6 to <9
(n= 97)
%
9 to <12
(n= 83)
%
Insufficient milk 34.5 36.7 31.1 37.1 35.1 30.1
Returning to Work† 31.4 12.6 58.7 48.5 23.7 13.3
Baby is always hungry† 14.1 21.5 11.8 4.6 4.1 7.2
Maternal illness† 11.7 17.3 7.8 5.3 6.2 12.1
Sucking/latching problems† 10.9 17.1 5.0 5.3 8.3 10.8
Fatigue/stress† 10.3 15.1 7.1 7.6 5.2 6.0
Inconvenient/too time consuming 8.9 10.9 7.1 9.1 8.3 4.8
Nipple/breast pain† 5.7 9.0 2.5 1.5 5.2 7.2
Infant illness† 4.8 9.4 2.5 0.8 0.0 0.0
Right time to wean† 3.5 0.2 0.0 6.1 19.6 13.3
Poor weight gain 1.9 3.0 1.6 0.0 1.0 1.2
  1. p < .001
  2. a 16 participants did not have a stated reason for weaning