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Stopped breastfeeding with something hot or sour

BRSFEDENDSOUR_ALL variables are 1-digit variables.


0 = No
1 = Yes
8 = Missing
9 = NIU (not in universe)


BRSFEDENDSOUR_ALL indicates whether the woman gave her child something hot or sour to stop breastfeeding.

BRSFEDENDSOUR_ALL consists of a set of up to six separate variables, covering the most recent birth (BRSFEDENDSOUR_01) up to, potentially, the sixth-most-recent birth (i.e., BRSFEDENDSOUR_02, BRSFEDENDSOUR_03, BRSFEDENDSOUR_04, BRSFEDENDSOUR_05, and BRSFEDENDSOUR_06) during the reference period prior to the survey. If BRSFEDENDSOUR_ALL is included in a data extract, all these separate variables are included in a researcher's data file.

The information in BRSFEDENDSOUR_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 BRSFEDENDSOUR_06 would not be available for that survey in IPUMS-DHS.


Apart from universe differences and slight differences in question wording, BRSFEDENDSOUR_ALL has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

BRSFEDENDSOUR_ALL is a country-specific variable, and it is not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire.


  • Morocco 2003: Women age 15-49 whose last-born child is no longer breastfeeding for any reason other than the child died.
  • Yemen 1991: Ever-married women age 15-54 whose last-born child is no longer breastfeeding for any reason other than the child died.
  • Morocco: 2003-W, 2003-W
  • Yemen: 1991-W