Breastfeeding Education and Support Trial for Obese Women (BESTOW) (BESTOW)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 19, 2011
Last Update Posted : April 19, 2011
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University of Connecticut

Brief Summary:
The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of a specialized exclusive breastfeeding education and support program targeting obese, pregnant, low-income women in Hartford, CT. Specifically, the investigators will evaluate the impact of the intervention on exclusive and partial breastfeeding rates at birth, 1, 3 and 6 months pp. Secondary aims of this study are: a) to characterize postpartum weight loss patterns and blood pressure values of obese women, by study group; and b) to evaluate potential differences in infant morbidity (diarrhea, otitis media and rehospitalization), by study group.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Exclusive Breastfeeding Breastfeeding Initiation Behavioral: Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 206 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Breastfeeding Education and Support Trial for Obese Women (BESTOW)
Study Start Date : September 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : March 2010

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MedlinePlus related topics: Breastfeeding

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Behavioral: Breastfeeding Peer Counseling
3 Prenatal visits, daily in-hospital visits, 11 postpartum home visits.
Other Name: BESTOW

No Intervention: Standard Care

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Exclusive Breastfeeding Rate [ Time Frame: 3 months postpartum ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Breastfeeding Rate [ Time Frame: 3 months postpartum ]
  2. Breastfeeding Initiation Rate [ Time Frame: For the duration of the hospital stay, average equals 3 days ]

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • obese (prepregnant BMI 27.0 or greater)
  • pregnant women delivering at Hartford Hospital
  • no more than 34 weeks gestation
  • considering breastfeeding this child
  • low income (<185% Federal poverty level)
  • planning to remain in the greater Hartford area for 6 months postpartum
  • must have access to a telephone for follow-up interviews
  • delivery of a healthy, term, singleton

Exclusion Criteria:

  • HIV positive or having other conditions which interfere with exclusive breastfeeding
  • Infant admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01338727

United States, Connecticut
University of Connecticut
Storrs, Connecticut, United States, 06269-4017
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Connecticut
Principal Investigator: Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, PhD University of Connecticut

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, University of Connecticut Identifier: NCT01338727     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: H06-009
DF05-015 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: The Donaghue Foundation )
First Posted: April 19, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 19, 2011
Last Verified: April 2011