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
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..View full abstract
The study was funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria, Australia.