An exciting new Irish breastfeeding study is looking for pregnant women to sign up now to take part 1 month ago

An exciting new Irish breastfeeding study is looking for pregnant women to sign up now to take part

Pregnant – or know someone who is?

University College Dublin (UCD), The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, St Lukes Hospital Kilkenny, Wexford General Hospital and Mullingar Hospital are all currently collaborating on a large-scale new breastfeeding study and are looking for pregnant women to recruit now.

"Breastfeeding provides the best start for babies and is linked to many health benefits for mother and baby," says lecturer in Midwifery and Assistant Professor
at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems at UCD, Denise McGuinness. "Because Ireland has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world, breastfeeding research is very important to identify challenges and introduce interventions to support women."

The Latch On Study is a large new Irish randomised controlled trial that seeks to improve breastfeeding outcomes in women during a first pregnancy with a raised  BMI.

To conduct the study, McGuinness explains, women allocated to the intervention group will receive additional support from a lactation consultant to breastfeed while women allocated to the control group receive standard breastfeeding support.

Would you – or anyone you know be interested in taking part in a study that could help change breastfeeding and breastfeeding support for Irish women?

Please contact the Latch On Team at latchon@ucd.ie or denise.mcguinness@ucd.ie