The LIFT Study: Telemedicine Breastfeeding Support
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Age: -1 years or older
Healthy Volunteers: Yes
Keywords: breastfeeding, preterm delivery, late preterm delivery
Type: Behavioral study
56 Participants
This research study hopes to make sure that mothers have ongoing support to establish successful breastfeeding after leaving the hospital. It will test the effect of telemedicine breastfeeding support on breastfeeding duration. You are invited to be in this study because you delivered a late preterm infant and intend to breastfeed.

If you decide to be in the study, you will be randomly assigned to a study group. One group will receive standard of care. The other group will receive 4 telemedicine breastfeeding support visits in addition to regular care.

Here are some reasons you may not want to participate in this research:
- completing surveys may take time,
- you may not want to participate in telemedicine visits.

This research will help understand the effectiveness of breastfeeding support practices. It will test a telemedicine lactation support intervention.
This study requires

You will be asked to complete an initial questionnaire about you and your plans to breastfeed. You will then be assigned to either the intervention group or the control group. This is done by chance, like flipping a coin. You will have an equal chance of being assigned to one of these groups. You and your study doctor will be told which treatment you are getting.

Participants randomized to the intervention group have up to 4 additional telemedicine appointments. These will occur during the first month after the baby is born to support breastfeeding. These appointments will take approximately 10-60 minutes. They will be conducted using Zoom, a secure videoconferencing software.

Participants randomized to the control group will receive standard of care procedures.

All participants, regardless of the group assignment, will be asked to complete surveys. These will ask about infant feeding and maternal and infant readmission information every month for 12 months.

Who can participate

Inclusion criteria:

  • maternal age 18-49 years
  • late preterm delivery (34-36 6/7 weeks)
  • enrollment within 96 hours postpartum
  • breastfeeding initiated
  • access to a smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer in their home

Exclusion criteria:

  • incarceration
  • inability to communicate in English
  • infant with medical condition compromising breastfeeding (e.g. cleft lip and/or palate).
Benefits and risks of participating

We cannot promise any benefits to you as a result of taking part in this research study.


The study doctor will discuss the risks associated with taking part in this research study.
We will pay you a $10 gift card for completing the 1-month questionnaire and $5 for each of the 2 through 12- month questionnaires. Payment will be provided for each monthly survey completed the form of a gift card. If you complete all the study visits, you will receive a total of $65 for being in this study. If you choose to leave or your time in the study ends early for any reason, you will receive compensation for the surveys completed.
Study duration and period
You will be in the study for approximately 12 months.
Recruitment period
From May 14, 2019
UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95817
Research Topic
  • Breastfeeding

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