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BRSFEDCAT_ALL (BRSFEDCAT_ALL)
Breastfeeding status (categorical)

BRSFEDCAT_ALL variables are 2-digit variables.

Codes

0 = Never breastfed
10 = Ever breastfed

11 = Still breastfeeding
12 = Formerly but not currently breastfeeding
13 = Breastfed until died

96 = Inconsistent
97 = Don't know
98 = Missing
99 = NIU (not in universe)

Description

For women who gave birth in the three to five years before the survey, BRSFEDCAT_ALL indicates whether she ever breastfed, and, if so, whether she is still breastfeeding the child.

BRSFEDCAT_ALL consists of a set of up to six separate variables, covering the most recent birth (BRSFEDCAT_01) up to, potentially, the sixth-most-recent birth (i.e., BRSFEDCAT_02, BRSFEDCAT_03, BRSFEDCAT_04, BRSFEDCAT_05, and BRSFEDCAT_06) during the reference period prior to the survey. If BRSFEDCAT_ALL is included in a data extract, all these separate variables are included in a researcher's data file.

The information in BRSFEDCAT_ALL was collected for all births within the reference period preceding the survey. In many cases, data were hypothetically collected on up to six births, but no women in the survey had so many births (e.g., no woman had 4 or more births in 3 years, or had 5 or 6 births in 5 years). If, for example, no woman in a survey had 6 births in five years and only blank values were included in the original DHS file, then BRSFEDCAT_06 would not be available for that survey in IPUMS-DHS.

The related variable BRSFEDUR_ALL (M4_x) reports the number of months of breastfeeding for women who are no longer breastfeeding. BRSFEDMO_ALL (M5_x) reports the calculated number of months of breastfeeding, including women who were still breastfeeding at the time of the interview.

Comparability — Index

GENERAL
Liberia

Comparability

Apart from universe differences, BRSFEDCAT_ALL has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

BRSFEDCAT_ALL is included in the standard DHS questionnaire for Phase VI forward. Prior to Phase VI, BRSFEDUR_ALL (M4_x) reported the calculated months of breastfeeding for women who are no longer breastfeeding. A minority of surveys included in DHS Phase 6 continued to report months of breastfeeding rather than the broad categories of BRSFEDCAT_ALL.

Comparability — Liberia [top]

The 1986 Liberia survey collects this information for only the most recent birth.

Universe

  • Afghanistan 2015: Ever-married women age 15-49 who have birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Angola 2015: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Benin 2011: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Benin 2017: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Burkina Faso 2010: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Burundi 2010: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Burundi 2016: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Chad 2014: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Congo (Democratic Republic) 2013: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Cote d'Ivoire 2011: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Egypt 2014: Ever-married women age 15-49 who have birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Ethiopia 2011: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Ethiopia 2016: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Ghana 2014: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Guinea 2012: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Jordan 2012: Ever-married women age 15-49 who have birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Jordan 2017: Ever-married women age 15-49 who have birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Lesotho 2014: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Liberia 1986: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Liberia 2013: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Malawi 2016: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Mali 2012: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Mali 2018: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Mozambique 2011: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Myanmar 2015: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Namibia 2013: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Nepal 2011: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Nepal 2016: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Niger 2012: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Nigeria 2013: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Nigeria 2018: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Pakistan 2012: Ever-married women age 15-49 who have birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Pakistan 2017: Ever-married women age 15-49 who have birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Rwanda 2010: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Rwanda 2014: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Senegal 2010: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Senegal 2012: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Senegal 2014: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Senegal 2015: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Senegal 2016: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Senegal 2017: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Tanzania 2015: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Uganda 2011: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Uganda 2016: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Yemen 2013: Ever-married women age 15-49 who have birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Zambia 2018: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Zimbabwe 2010: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Zimbabwe 2015: Women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey.
  • Afghanistan: 2015-W, 2015-W
  • Angola: 2015-W, 2015-W
  • Benin: 2011-W, 2011-W, 2017-W, 2017-W
  • Burkina Faso: 2010-W, 2010-W
  • Burundi: 2010-W, 2010-W, 2016-W, 2016-W
  • Chad: 2014-W
  • Congo (Democratic Republic): 2013-W
  • Cote d'Ivoire: 2011-W
  • Egypt: 2014-W, 2014-W
  • Ethiopia: 2011-W, 2011-W, 2016-W, 2016-W
  • Ghana: 2014-W, 2014-W
  • Guinea: 2012-W
  • Jordan: 2012-W, 2012-W, 2017-W, 2017-W
  • Lesotho: 2014-W, 2014-W
  • Liberia: 1986-W, 2013-W, 2013-W
  • Malawi: 2016-W, 2016-W
  • Mali: 2012-W, 2012-W, 2018-W, 2018-W
  • Mozambique: 2011-W, 2011-W
  • Myanmar: 2015-W, 2015-W
  • Namibia: 2013-W, 2013-W
  • Nepal: 2011-W, 2011-W, 2016-W, 2016-W
  • Niger: 2012-W, 2012-W
  • Nigeria: 2013-W, 2013-W, 2018-W, 2018-W
  • Pakistan: 2012-W, 2012-W, 2017-W, 2017-W
  • Rwanda: 2010-W, 2010-W, 2014-W, 2014-W
  • Senegal: 2010-W, 2010-W, 2012-W, 2012-W, 2014-W, 2014-W, 2015-W, 2015-W, 2016-W, 2016-W, 2017-W, 2017-W
  • Tanzania: 2015-W, 2015-W
  • Uganda: 2011-W, 2011-W, 2016-W, 2016-W
  • Yemen: 2013-W, 2013-W
  • Zambia: 2018-W, 2018-W
  • Zimbabwe: 2010-W, 2010-W, 2015-W, 2015-W