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Dads as breastfeeding advocates: results from a randomized controlled trial of an educational intervention.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15467529     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Recognizing that an expectant father may influence a mother's decision to breast- or formula-feed, we tested the effectiveness of a simple, educational intervention that was designed to encourage fathers to advocate for breastfeeding and to assist his partner if she chooses to breastfeed. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a randomized controlled trial in which expectant fathers (n = 59) were assigned randomly to attend either a 2-hour intervention class on infant care and breastfeeding promotion (intervention) or a class on infant care only (control group). The classes, which were led by a peer-educator, were interactive and informal and utilized different media to create an accessible environment for participants. Couples were recruited during the second trimester from a university obstetrics practice. RESULTS: Overall, breastfeeding was initiated by 74% of women whose partners attended the intervention class, as compared with 41% of women whose partners attended the control class (P = .02). CONCLUSION: Expectant fathers can be influential advocates for breastfeeding, playing a critical role in encouraging a woman to breastfeed her newborn infant.
Adam J Wolfberg; Karin B Michels; Wendy Shields; Patricia O'Campo; Yvonne Bronner; Jessica Bienstock
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  191     ISSN:  0002-9378     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol.     Publication Date:  2004 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-06     Completed Date:  2004-11-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370476     Medline TA:  Am J Obstet Gynecol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  708-12     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass 02115, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Fathers* / psychology
Health Education*

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