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This project will assess the impact of a novel breastfeeding support intervention ("telelactation"), delivered via video calls on personal devices including mobile phones and tablets. The goal of this intervention is to increase access to International Board Certified Lactation Consultants to improve, and reduce disparities in, breastfeeding rates. By implementing a digital randomized controlled trial that recruits participants through a popular pregnancy tracker mobile phone application, this mixed methods study will recruit a national sample of 2400 individuals during their third trimester of pregnancy to 1) provide evidence on the effectiveness of a widely available, yet understudied, service and 2) leverage technology to promote one of the most widely recommended health behaviors to improve children's health and to reduce disparities in key maternal and child health outcomes.


Clinical Trial Description

This study is a pragmatic, parallel design randomized controlled trial that will generate evidence on the impact of telelactation on breastfeeding duration and exclusivity and explore differences in effectiveness by race/ethnicity. The study is mixed methods, and uses a sequential explanatory design in which qualitative interviews are used to explain and contextualize findings from the quantitative outcomes analysis. We will recruit 2400 primiparous, pregnant individuals age > 18 who intend to breastfeed and live in states most underserved by IBCLCs. Recruitment will occur via Ovia, a pregnancy tracker mobile phone application (app) used by one million pregnant individuals in the U.S. annually. Participants will be randomized to: 1) on-demand telelactation video calls on personal devices or 2) ebook on infant care/usual care. Breastfeeding outcomes will be captured via surveys and interviews and compared across racial and ethnic groups. This study will track participants for eight months (including six months postpartum), generating 1) quantitative data on the impact of telelactation and differences in effectiveness across racial and ethnic minority groups; and 2) rich qualitative data on the experiences of different subgroups of parents with the intervention, including barriers to use, satisfaction, and strengths and limitations of this delivery model. ;


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NCT number NCT04856163
Study type Interventional
Source RAND
Contact Lori Uscher-Pines, PhD
Phone 7034131100
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date June 10, 2021
Completion date March 10, 2024

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