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Review: support interventions reduce cessation of breast feeding before 2 months

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Question Does extra support for mothers who wish to breast feed reduce early cessation of breast feeding?

Data sources

Studies were identified by searching the Pregnancy and Childbirth Collaborative Review Group Specialised Register of Controlled Trials, the Cochrane Clinical Trials/Central Register, Medline (from 1993), Embase/Excerpta Medica (from 1980), CINAHL, and the English National Board Health Care Database. The Midwives Information and Resource Service quarterly digest was handsearched from 1991, secondary references were scanned, and experts were contacted.

Study selection

Randomised and quasi-randomised trials of postnatal interventions that provided supplementary support from professionals or volunteers to facilitate continued breast feeding were included. Interventions that were primarily educational or occurred only in the antenatal period were …

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  • Source of funding: No external funding.

  • For correspondence: Dr J Sikorski, General Practice and Primary Care, Guy's, King's, and St Thomas' School of Medicine, 5 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6SP, UK. Fax +44 (0)171 793 7232.

  • A modified version of this abstract appears in Evidence-Based Medicine.