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Reason mother stopped breastfeeding child


This variable is not available for any of the currently selected samples.


For children who were born in the three to five years preceding the survey and whose mothers had stopped breastfeeding them, WHYSTBRFD (M21) reports why the mother stopped breastfeeding. Children who were breastfed until they died are automatically coded 3 (Child died) as the reason for stopping breastfeeding.


Apart from universe differences and slight variation in question wording, WHYSTBRFD (M21) is largely comparable across samples. Some samples include non-standard response categories (codes 11 through 15). To maximize comparability, IPUMS-DHS users may wish to recode these as "Other" (code 20).

Comparability - Standard DHS

WHYSTBRFD (M21) is included in the standard DHS questionnaire for Phase II and III only.


No universe descriptions are currently available.
  • Bangladesh: 1994-C, 1997-C
  • Benin: 1996-C
  • Burkina Faso: 1993-C, 1998-C
  • Burundi: 1987-C
  • Cameroon: 1991-C, 1998-C
  • Cote d'Ivoire: 1994-C, 1998-C
  • Egypt: 1988-C, 1992-C, 1995-C, 2000-C
  • Ethiopia: 2000-C
  • Ghana: 1993-C, 1998-C
  • Guinea: 1999-C
  • India: 1992-C, 1998-C
  • Kenya: 1993-C, 1998-C
  • Madagascar: 1992-C, 1997-C
  • Malawi: 1992-C
  • Mali: 1995-C
  • Morocco: 1987-C, 1992-C, 2003-C
  • Mozambique: 1997-C
  • Namibia: 1992-C
  • Niger: 1992-C, 1998-C
  • Nigeria: 1990-C, 1999-C
  • Pakistan: 1991-C
  • Rwanda: 1992-C
  • Senegal: 1986-C, 1992-C, 1997-C
  • Sudan: 1989-C
  • Tanzania: 1991-C, 1996-C
  • Tunisia: 1988-C
  • Uganda: 1995-C
  • Yemen: 1991-C
  • Zambia: 1992-C, 1996-C
  • Zimbabwe: 1994-C