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Acta Paediatr. 2004 Aug;93(8):1108-14.

Home breastfeeding support by health professionals: findings of a randomized controlled trial in a population of Italian women.

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Agency for Public Health of Lazio Region, Rome, Italy. dinapoli@asplazio.it

Abstract

AIM:

We conducted a randomized controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of a support intervention delivered by health professionals to increase the rate and duration of breastfeeding.

METHODS:

A randomized controlled intervention study was conducted in the period 2000-2001 among 605 mothers who had given birth in a public maternity ward located in the city of Rome, Italy. The intervention consisted of a home visit by a midwife from the maternity ward of the hospital. The outcome of the study was the infant's feeding habits, assessed by a 24-h recall. The effect of the intervention on the duration of breastfeeding was estimated by the Kaplan-Meier method and by the Cox multivariate regression model.

RESULTS:

According to intention-to-treat analysis, there was no significant difference between the intervention and the control group, after controlling for confounding factors (hazard ratio (HR) 1.04; 95% confidence interval (95% CI): 0.85-1.26). The duration of breastfeeding was shorter (HR 1.61; 95% CI: 1.13-2.31) for women in the intervention group who refused the obstetric visit.

CONCLUSION:

Our study shows that an early home support programme delivered by health professionals was not effective in increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration.

PMID:
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