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Facilitation and Barriers to Breastfeeding in the NICU

This study has been completed.
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McGill University Health Center Identifier:
First received: September 10, 2007
Last updated: June 6, 2008
Last verified: June 2008

To date, there is a paucity of research focusing on maternal breastfeeding goals, how these goals may change after an unexpected event such as a preterm birth, and how mothers of ill and preterm infants define breastfeeding success. No studies were identified that focused exclusively on the breastfeeding goals of mothers of hospitalized preterm infants

The purpose of this study is to answer the following research questions: 1) What are the breastfeeding goals of mothers with preterm infants in the NICU? and 2) What are mothers' perceptions of facilitators and barriers to meeting their breastfeeding goals in the NICU?

Breastfeeding Prematurity

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective

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Estimated Enrollment: 8
Study Start Date: September 2007
Study Completion Date: April 2008
Detailed Description:
As the objective of this study is to describe the breastfeeding goals of mothers and their perceptions of breastfeeding support in the NICU, this study will follow a descriptive, qualitative design. Mothers of preterm newborns in the Royal Victoria Hospital will participate in a semi-structured interview about their breastfeeding goals and what they perceived to be facilitators and barriers to achieving their intended goals. During the interviews, the mothers will be asked a set of socio-demographic questions, open-ended questions about their breastfeeding goals, and open-ended questions about their perceptions of barriers and facilitators to meeting these goals in the NICU Participants may also receive one follow-up phone call to clarify their responses to the questions or to validate the information obtained from the interview.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. have one (or more) infant(s) currently admitted in the NICU at the RVH;
  2. intended to provide breast milk to their infant(s);
  3. are able to speak English; and
  4. are willing to be audiotaped during the interview.

Exclusion Criteria:

Include mothers who:

  1. never intended to breastfeed;
  2. have high risk social situations (for example, known maternal mental illness; involvement of youth protection; known alcohol and drug abuse; adoption; identified congenital anomalies);
  3. gave birth at term; and
  4. have infants with significant birth defects or serious medical conditions in addition to prematurity.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00527956

Sponsors and Collaborators
McGill University Health Center
Principal Investigator: Luisa Ciofani, RN, M.Sc.(A) McGill Univsersity Health Centre
  More Information Identifier: NCT00527956     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PSY 07-009
Study First Received: September 10, 2007
Last Updated: June 6, 2008

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Breastfeeding premature infants processed this record on June 23, 2017