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Support for healthy breastfeeding mothers with healthy term babies.

McFadden, Alison; Gavine, Anna; Renfrew, Mary J.; Wade, Angela; Buchanan, Phyll; Taylor, Jane L.; Veitch, Emma; Rennie, Anne Marie; Crowther, Susan A.; Neiman, Sara; MacGillivray, Stephen


Alison McFadden

Anna Gavine

Mary J. Renfrew

Angela Wade

Phyll Buchanan

Jane L. Taylor

Emma Veitch

Anne Marie Rennie

Susan A. Crowther

Sara Neiman

Stephen MacGillivray


Background: There is extensive evidence of important health risks for infants and mothers related to not breastfeeding. In 2003, the World Health Organization recommended that infants be breastfed exclusively until six months of age, with breastfeeding continuing as an important part of the infant's diet until at least two years of age. However, current breastfeeding rates in many countries do not reflect this recommendation. Objectives: To describe forms of breastfeeding support which have been evaluated in controlled studies, the timing of the interventions and the settings in which they have been used. To examine the effectiveness of different modes of offering similar supportive interventions (for example, whether the support offered was proactive or reactive, face-to-face or over the telephone), and whether interventions containing both antenatal and postnatal elements were more effective than those taking place in the postnatal period alone. To examine the effectiveness of different care providers and (where information was available) training. To explore the interaction between background breastfeeding rates and effectiveness of support. Search methods: We searched Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth's Trials Register (29 February 2016) and reference lists of retrieved studies. Selection criteria: Randomised or quasi-randomised controlled trials comparing extra support for healthy breastfeeding mothers of healthy term babies with usual maternity care.


MCFADDEN, A., GAVINE, A., RENFREW, M.J., WADE, A., BUCHANAN, P., TAYLOR, J.L., VEITCH, E., RENNIE, A.M., CROWTHER, S.A., NEIMAN, S. and MACGILLIVRAY, S. 2017. Support for healthy breastfeeding mothers with healthy term babies. Cochrane database of systematic reviews [online], Issue 2, article number CD001141. Available from:

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Feb 28, 2017
Online Publication Date Feb 28, 2017
Publication Date Feb 28, 2017
Deposit Date Jul 21, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 1, 2018
Journal Cochrane database of systematic reviews
Print ISSN 1361-6137
Electronic ISSN 1469-493X
Publisher Cochrane Collaboration
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Issue 2
Article Number CD001141
Keywords Breastfeeding mothers; Support; Antenatal care; Postnatal care
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