Journal article

Advising women with diabetes in pregnancy to express breastmilk in late pregnancy (Diabetes and Antenatal Milk Expressing [DAME]): a multicentre, unblinded, randomised controlled trial

Della A Forster, Anita M Moorhead, Susan E Jacobs, Peter G Davis, Susan P Walker, Kerri M McEgan, Gillian F Opie, Susan M Donath, Lisa Gold, Catharine McNamara, Amanda Aylward, Christine East, Rachael Ford, Lisa H Amir

LANCET | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Infants of women with diabetes in pregnancy are at increased risk of hypoglycaemia, admission to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and not being exclusively breastfed. Many clinicians encourage women with diabetes in pregnancy to express and store breastmilk in late pregnancy, yet no evidence exists for this practice. We aimed to determine the safety and efficacy of antenatal expressing in women with diabetes in pregnancy. METHODS: We did a multicentre, two-group, unblinded, randomised controlled trial in six hospitals in Victoria, Australia. We recruited women with pre-existing or gestational diabetes in a singleton pregnancy from 34 to 37 weeks' gestation and randomly assi..

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