Journal article

Supporting breastfeeding In Local Communities (SILC) in Victoria, Australia: a cluster randomised controlled trial

Helen L McLachlan, Della A Forster, Lisa H Amir, Meabh Cullinane, Touran Shafiei, Lyndsey F Watson, Lael Ridgway, Rhian L Cramer, Rhonda Small

BMJ OPEN | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Breastfeeding has significant health benefits for mothers and infants. Despite recommendations from the WHO, by 6 months of age 40% of Australian infants are receiving no breast milk. Increased early postpartum breastfeeding support may improve breastfeeding maintenance. 2 community-based interventions to increase breastfeeding duration in local government areas (LGAs) in Victoria, Australia, were implemented and evaluated. DESIGN: 3-arm cluster randomised trial. SETTING: LGAs in Victoria, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: LGAs across Victoria with breastfeeding initiation rates below the state average and > 450 births/year were eligible for inclusion. The LGA was the unit of randomisatio..

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