Mother and Late Preterm Lactation Study

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    University College, London
Updated on 26 January 2021
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Breastfeeding has various benefits for the mother and infant. It has the capability of reducing the risk of short term and long term problems for the infant, such as gastroenteritis, respiratory infections, type II diabetes and obesity, and of providing benefits for neurodevelopment. Breast milk offers even greater benefits for preterm infants. Some of the advantages of breastfeeding are related to the constituents of breast milk such as the macronutrients and bioactive factors, the hormones associated with breastfeeding such as oxytocin, and the behavioural aspects of breastfeeding (maternal sensitivity to infant cues). Despite these advantages, breastfeeding rates are below target levels mainly due to the challenges that women face that hinder breastfeeding success. Interventions aimed at improving policies, practices, and maternal support have been developed. However, other interventions that target specific modifiable barriers to breastfeeding can be useful.

The aim of this study is to investigate a simple support intervention for breastfeeding mothers of late preterm and early term infants on maternal stress reduction and infant weight gain. The investigators also aim to study the potential mechanisms by which this effect could be achieved (breast milk composition and volume, mother and infant behaviour).

Condition Breast Feeding, Postpartum depression, Prematurity, Psychological stress, Lactation, Lactation Insufficiency, Post-Partum Depression
Treatment Breastfeeding Support
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03791749
SponsorUniversity College, London
Last Modified on26 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Mothers of late preterm infants (34 to <37 weeks) or early term infants (37 to 38 weeks)
Intending to breastfeed for at least 6 weeks
Free from serious illness
Fluent in English

Exclusion Criteria

Currently smoking or intending to smoke while breastfeeding
Not based in London
Prior breast surgery
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