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In addition, 93 percent of breastfeeding women have used a breast pump, according to the survey. The number one reason for using a breast pump was to have milk available for the baby when going out, with 45 percent indicating they specifically used one to store milk so they could return to work.
Some additional survey findings include:
- When asked to rate nine possible sources of information regarding breastfeeding, nurses and lactation consultants were the sources cited most often as being extremely or very informative, followed by books and magazines and pediatricians.
- All of the mothers who breastfed said the health benefits to the baby played a role in their decision to do so. Only six percent breastfed because they felt pressured to do it.
- Only a small minority of women felt there was pressure from coworkers and supervisors to get back to work while expressing milk at work.
- The most frequently mentioned location for breastfeeding in public was a parked car (82 percent). However, the library and church were also mentioned.
- Almost half (40 percent) of the mothers who said they did not breastfeed gave the reason as simply because they did not want to.
- A large majority (85 percent) of women who took childbirth education classes considered them to be informative about breastfeeding.
"It's heartening to see there has been progress in the numbers of mothers breastfeeding," said Liistro. "But women still face obstacles when breastfeeding. One big area for improvement is in making it easier and more convenient for mothers who can't be with their babies 24 hours a day to express and store milk for feedings while they're out."
Source: Playtex Products, Inc. Press Release, June 12, 2003