Journal article

Two mid-pregnancy interventions to increase the initiation and duration of breastfeeding: a randomized controlled trial.

Della Forster, Helen McLachlan, Judith Lumley, Christine Beanland, Ulla Waldenström, Lisa Amir

Birth | Published : 2004

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Despite high levels of breastfeeding initiation in Australia, only 46 percent of women are still breastfeeding (exclusively or partially) 6 months later, with marked differences between social groups. This study aimed to determine the influence of mid-pregnancy breastfeeding education on the proportions of women breastfeeding at hospital discharge, and on the duration of breastfeeding. METHODS: A randomized controlled trial to compare two strategies for increasing the initiation and duration of breastfeeding was conducted, in which 981 primiparas who attended a public, tertiary women's hospital in Melbourne, Australia, were randomized to one of two interventions or to standard ca..

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