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Age when child stopped breastfeeding: Number

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For sample children less than five years old who were ever breastfed (BREFEV), BREFSTOPNO reports the number of units corresponding to the time period given in BREFSTOPTPas the age at which the child completely stopped breastfeeding.


The Field Representative's Manuals for 1985 and 1990 note that breastfeeding includes that given by a wet nurse or if the mother's milk was given to the child through a bottle. Further, the Manualdirects interviewers to footnote the situation (either "wet nurse," "bottle," or "natural"). In 1985, interviewers are further directed to, " sure to record the child's age when breastfeeding was completely stopped, not the length of time since it was stopped."

A similar variable, BREFSTOPRis available for 1981.


This variable is completely comparable for 1985 and 1990.


  • 1985; 1990: Persons under age 5 who were ever breastfed.


  • 1985, 1990