Study explores effect of post-partum clinic on breastfeeding rates

April 29, 2014

Drs. Thierry Lacaze and Mark Walker have been awarded $420,000 from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to run a randomized controlled trial exploring the benefits of a post-partum clinic and its impact on the rate of exclusive breast feeding among women three months after they give birth. Women who experience post-partum depression after giving birth to a child are less likely to breast feed. The plan is to develop clinics that will help new mothers address their post-partum depression and begin breast feeding their newborn child. To date, close to 200 women have been enrolled in the trial.

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