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Feeding and Wellness Among Late Preterm Infants

This study has been completed.
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University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Identifier:
First received: May 7, 2007
Last updated: December 27, 2010
Last verified: December 2010
  1. The first aim of this proposal is to pilot the feasibility of weekly phone monitoring of infant feeding and illness patterns in a socio-economically and racially diverse population. Specifically, the investigators aim to estimate the rate of group loss to follow up from birth to 13 weeks (3 months) of age with weekly phone interview of mothers of late preterm (LPT, gestational age 34 0/7- 36 6/7 weeks gestation) infants.
  2. The second aim is to describe breastfeeding and formula feeding practices, and rates of illness and post-discharge hospital care utilization, through age 13 weeks (3 months) among late preterm infants born at MacDonald Women's Hospital. The investigators estimate that the rate of exclusive breastfeeding among LPT infants at 3 months of age is less than the documented rate of 37% for all infants in Cuyahoga County.

Condition Intervention
Infant, Premature Morbidity Procedure: Weekly telephone call

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Early Feeding and Wellness Among Late Preterm Infants Born at MacDonald Women's Hospital: A Feasibility Study for a Breastfeeding Intervention

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The primary outcome measure will be the response rate for phone interview, including total calls made and interviews completed. [ Time Frame: Time frame: 13 weeks (3 months) ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Secondary outcome measures include (1) rates of partial and exclusive breastfeeding each week , and (2) rates of illness, re-hospitalization and preventive health care [ Time Frame: Time frame: 13 weeks (3 months) ]

Enrollment: 38
Study Start Date: November 2008
Study Completion Date: January 2010
Primary Completion Date: February 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Procedure: Weekly telephone call
    Details of feeding and health/sickness will be obtained
Detailed Description:
Late preterm infants (LPT, gestational age 34 0/7 - 36 6/7 weeks) are the largest proportion of all preterm (less than 37 weeks gestation) infants. Recent evidence finds an increased risk of early post-discharge morbidity and re-hospitalization among LPT as compared to full term infants, which is linked to breastfeeding, specifically to early lactation failure and decreased breast milk intake. Accurate and inexpensive methods to collect data on rates of breastfeeding and early morbidity among LPT infants are critical to design, implementation and monitoring of effective interventions. This pilot study evaluates the feasibility of weekly phone calling in a racially and socioeconomically diverse population of mothers of LPT infants.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Mothers of singleton LPT (late preterm, gestational age 34 0/7- 36 6/7 completed weeks) infants

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Exclusion criteria for mothers include positive maternal drug screen for drug of abuse
  • Age < 18 years, or per caregiver discretion mother is not appropriate for study.
  • Exclusion criteria for infants include custody under contention, positive screen for maternal drugs of abuse, or major congenital anomaly or congenital infection.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00470717

United States, Ohio
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 44106
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Lydia M Furman, M.D. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  More Information

Responsible Party: Lydia Furman, M.D., Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital Identifier: NCT00470717     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: LF-UH-1001
Study First Received: May 7, 2007
Last Updated: December 27, 2010

Keywords provided by University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center:
late preterm infant
formula feeding
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