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Arch Dis Child. 2011 Jul;96(7):630-4. doi: 10.1136/adc.2010.205344. Epub 2011 Apr 6.

Randomised trial of sidecar crib use on breastfeeding duration (NECOT).

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  • 1Department of Anthropology, Durham University, Dawson Building, South Road, Durham, UK. h.l.ball@dur.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine whether the use of sidecar cribs on the postnatal ward affects breastfeeding duration.

DESIGN:

A randomised non-blinded parallel trial comparing sidecar cribs with standalone cots.

SETTING:

Postnatal wards of the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne.

PARTICIPANTS:

1204 pregnant women intending to breastfeed were recruited at 20 weeks' gestation and randomised at 34 weeks to use either a sidecar crib attached to their bed (n=601) or a standalone cot adjacent to their bed (n=603).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Duration of any, and exclusive, breastfeeding up to 26 weeks obtained by telephone follow-up.

RESULTS:

334 mothers were withdrawn or lost to follow-up from the trial; infant feeding data were therefore obtained for 870 mothers (433 intervention; 437 controls). Using an intention-to-treat Cox regression analysis, no significant difference was found between the two groups for duration of any breastfeeding (sidecar crib vs cot, hazard ratio (HR) 0.96, 95% CI 0.79 to 1.18), or exclusive breastfeeding (HR 0.99, 95% CI 0.85 to 1.16) adjusting for maternal age, education, previous breastfeeding and delivery type. Bed sharing was not significantly more common in mothers randomised to sidecar cribs (67% vs 64%, adjusted difference 2.8%, 95% CI -3.5% to 9.0%). There were no adverse events.

CONCLUSION:

The use of sidecar cribs for mothers and infants did not improve the duration of any or exclusive breastfeeding, or frequency of bed sharing at home.

PMID:
21474481
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