Dads as breastfeeding advocates: Results from a randomized controlled trial of an educational intervention

Adam J. Wolfberg, Karin B. Michels, Wendy Shields, Patricia O'Campo, Yvonne Bronner, Jessica Bienstock

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Abstract

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. 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. 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). Expectant fathers can be influential advocates for breastfeeding, playing a critical role in encouraging a woman to breastfeed her newborn infant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)708-712
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Volume191
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004

Keywords

  • Breastfeeding
  • Fathers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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