Are you expecting your first child? Planning to breastfeed and want to help future mums?
The ACE Study aims to gather up-to-date information on short- and long-term breastfeeding rates in Western Australia, in women who intend to breastfeed their infants.
Who can participate?
The study is looking to recruit pregnant women from ORIGINS families who:
Are less than 30 weeks pregnant
Have not previously had children
Are pregnant with only one baby (no twins or triplets)
Are planning to breastfeed
Do not have any complications around pregnancy (i.e. cervical incompetence or placenta praevia)
What does participation involve?
The ACE team will ask you to complete a questionnaire to gather demographic information and determine your thoughts around breastfeeding prior to birth (this takes approximately 10 minutes to complete).
At 36 weeks gestation we will conduct a health check asking if you and your unborn baby are tracking as planned and are healthy. From your medical records, we will be collecting information on you and your baby’s medical information and how you fed your baby in hospital.
After your baby's birth, we will either give you a call or send out an electronic survey at around one, four, eight, 12 and 16 weeks after the birth of your baby, to collect information around infant feeding. Calls will take approximately five minutes each.
We will ask you to repeat the breastfeeding questionnaire again at the four week mark.
Optional: Provision of a colostrum sample
Participants will also be given the opportunity to take part in an optional component of the study. This involves collecting a sample of colostrum or ‘first milk’ after the birth of their baby. The sample will be frozen for analysis at a later date to compare the nutritional profile of colostrum amongst first time mothers.
This project is being conducted in collaboration with Edith Cowan University.