Durham Region Health to study breastfeeding

Durham Region Health Department has partnered with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology to determine the effectiveness of a breastfeeding resource for parents. Pregnant women and their co-parents are invited to participate in a study to evaluate an innovative breastfeeding resource. Participants will be compensated for their time and no travel is required.

“The Health Department supports breastmilk as the optimal source of nutrition for babies in the first six months of life, as recommended by The Public Health Agency of Canada, Dietitians of Canada, Canadian Paediatric Society and the College of Family Physicians of Canada,” explained Amber Newport, a public health nurse with the Health Department.

The study is looking for pregnant women who:

  • are at least 18-years old.
  • live in Ontario.
  • are currently over 25-weeks pregnant.
  • are considering breastfeeding.

“We hope to determine if this resource increases confidence and success with breastfeeding, as well as learn how parents like to receive breastfeeding information,” added Ms. Newport.

To join this study or get more information, email breastfeedingstudy@uoit.ca. For information and resources on breastfeeding, a listing of community supports in Durham Region, or to obtain a free copy of the Prenatal Breastfeeding Package visit www.durham.ca/breastfeeding, or call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

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