Professional Breastfeeding Support Intervention

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The University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Status

Completed

Conditions

Breastfeeding

Treatments

Other: Postpartum telephone follow-up support
Other: In-hospital professional support

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT01893736
PBFS-1

Details and patient eligibility

About

The investigators will conduct an early postpartum professional breastfeeding intervention to postpartum women who are intended to breastfeed newborn babies to improve breastfeeding outcomes.

Full description

The aim of this study is to determine whether early post-partum professional breastfeeding support improves breastfeeding outcomes. The primary hypotheses are: Exclusive breastfeeding rates at 1, 2, and 3 months will be increased among mother-infant pairs who receive professional lactation support or telephone follow-up support (intervention groups) when compared with those who receive usual post-natal breastfeeding support (control group); The rate of any breastfeeding (predominant or partial) at 1, 2, and 3 months will be increased among mother-infant pairs in the intervention groups when compared with those in the control group; The secondary hypotheses are: The overall duration of exclusive breastfeeding will be increased among mother-infant pairs in the intervention groups when compared with those in the control group; The overall duration of any breastfeeding (predominant or partial) will be increased among mother-infant pairs in the intervention groups when compared with those in the control group.

Enrollment

722 patients

Sex

Female

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • delivers at participating trial site,
  • primiparous,
  • intends to breastfeed,
  • 18 years of age or older,
  • has singleton pregnancy,
  • Cantonese speaking,
  • Hong Kong resident for more than one year,
  • no serious medical or obstetrical complications

Exclusion criteria

  • < 37 weeks gestation,
  • an Apgar score < 8 at five minutes,
  • a birth weight < 2500 grams,
  • born with any severe medical conditions or congenital malformations,
  • is placed in the special care nursery for more than 48 hours after delivery,
  • is placed in the intensive care nursery after delivery,
  • not entitled to health benefits in Hong Kong (NEP).

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

722 participants in 3 patient groups

Control
No Intervention group
Description:
In-hospital usual care consists of routine intrapartum and postnatal obstetric care. No extra intervention will be provided by research team.
In-hospital professional support
Experimental group
Description:
The participants in "in-hospital professional support" arm will receive three 30-minute one-to-one hands-on breastfeeding counseling sessions during postpartum hospitalization.
Treatment:
Other: In-hospital professional support
Postpartum telephone follow-up support
Experimental group
Description:
Participants in "postpartum telephone follow-up support" arm will receive telephone support in the first 4 weeks postpartum.
Treatment:
Other: Postpartum telephone follow-up support

Trial contacts and locations

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