Dr Lisa

Dr Lisa Amir

Principal Research Fellow

College of Science, Health and Engineering

Level 3, Melbourne (City)

Research centres

Judith Lumley Centre


MBBS (Monash), MMed (Melb), PhD (La Trobe), IBCLC, FABM, FILCA



Brief profile

Lisa Amir is a medical practitioner with a long-standing interest in women's health. Having qualified as a lactation consultant in 1989, Lisa continues to work in breastfeeding medicine at the Royal Women's Hospital and as a private practitioner at Medical One at QV in the city. She is conducting research in the area of breastfeeding – from rates and determinants of breastfeeding, to nipple and breast pain in breastfeeding women, to  use of medicines for breastfeeding women. Lisa is Editor-in-Chief of the online journal, International Breastfeeding Journal. Website: www.internationalbreastfeedingjournal.com

Research interests

Women's Health

- Breastfeeding

Recent publications

Papers in refereed journals

Buck ML, Eckereder G, Amir, LH. Low level laser therapy for breastfeeding problems. Breastfeed Rev 2016;24(2):29–33.

Amir LH, Griffin L, Cullinane M, Garland SM. Probiotics and mastitis: evidence-based marketing? [Commentary]. Int Breastfeed J 2016;11:19. Available from ~~http://internationalbreastfeedingjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13006-016-0078-5

Amir LH, Bearzatto A. Overcoming challenges faced by breastfeeding mothers. Aust Fam Physician 2016;45:101-05.

Ridgway L, Amir LH, Cramer R, et al. Breastfeeding support in the early postpartum: content of home visits in the SILC trial. Birth 2016;[Epub ahead of print].

De Bortoli J, Amir LH. Is onset of lactation delayed in women with diabetes in pregnancy? A systematic review. Diabet Med 2016; 33(1):17-24.

Payne MS, Cullinane M, Garland SM, Tabrizi SN, Donath SM, Bennett CM, Amir LH. Detection of Candida spp. in the vagina of a cohort of nulliparous pregnant women by culture and molecular methods: Is there an association between maternal vaginal and infant oral colonisation? Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol 2016; 56(2):179-84.

Johns HM, Amir LH, Forster DA, Moorhead AM, McEgan KM, McLachlan HL. Breast pump use amongst mothers of healthy term infants in Melbourne, Australia: a prospective cohort study. Midwifery 2016; 33:82-9.

McLachlan HL, Forster DA, Amir LH, Cullinane M, Shafiei T, Watson LF, Ridgway L, Cramer RL, Small R. Supporting breastfeeding In Local Communities (SILC) in Victoria, Australia: a cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open 2016;6(2):e008292. Available from http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/2/e008292.long

Fisher J, Rowe H, Wynter K, Tran T, Lorgelly P, Amir LH, Proimos J, Ranasinha S, Hiscock H, Bayer J, Cann W. Gender-informed, psychoeducational programme for couples to prevent postnatal common mental disorders among primiparous women: cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open 2016;6(3):e009396. Available from: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/3/e009396.long

Sulaiman Z, Liamputtong P, Amir LH. The enablers and barriers to continue breast milk feeding in women returning to work.  J Adv Nurs 2016;72(4):825-35.

Topic Z, Amir LH, Zakarija-Grkovic I. Challenges in the treatment of lactational mastitis for general practitioners. Breastfeed Rev 2015; 23(3); 23-28.

Cullinane M, Amir LH, Donath SM, Garland SM, Tabrizi SN, Payne MS, Bennett CM. Determinants of mastitis in women in the CASTLE study: a cohort study. BMC Fam Pract 2015; 16: 181. Available from: http://bmcfampract.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12875-015-0396-5

Saha MR, Ryan K, Amir LH. Postnatal women’s use of medicines and breastfeeding practices: a systematic review. Int Breastfeed J 2015; 10:28. Available from: http://www.internationalbreastfeedingjournal.com/content/10/1/28

Cooklin A, Amir LH, Jarman J, Cullinane M, Donath SM, for The CASTLE Study Team. Maternal physical health symptoms in the first 8 weeks postpartum. Birth 2015; 42(3):254-60.

Amir LH, Ryan K, Barnett C. Delphi survey of international pharmacology experts: an attempt to derive international recommendations for medicine use in lactation. Breastfeed Med 2015; 10(3): 168-74. Available from: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/bfm.2014.0144

Forster DA, Johns HM, McLachlan HL, Moorhead AM, McEgan KM, Amir LH. Feeding infants directly at the breast during the postpartum hospital stay is associated with increased breastfeeding at 6 months postpartum: a prospective cohort study. BMJ Open 2015; 5:e007512. Available from: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/5/e007512.long

Grzeskowiak LE, Amir LH. Pharmacological management of lactation difficulties with domperidone: Separating fact from fiction (Letter). Med J Aust 2015; 202(6):298.

Grzeskowiak LE, Amir LH. Use of domperidone to increase breast milk supply: further consideration of the benefit-risk ratio is required (Letter). J Hum Lact 2015; 31(2):315-16.

Amir LH. It’s time for pharmacists to increase their support for breastfeeding (Invited editorial). Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research 2015; 45: 7-8. Available from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jppr.1072/full?tm_content=bufferf3592&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Amir LH, Jones LE, Buck ML. Nipple pain associated with breastfeeding: incorporating current neurophysiology into clinical reasoning. Aust Fam Physician 2015; 44(3):187-92. Available from: http://www.racgp.org.au/download/Documents/AFP/2015/March/AFP-2015-3-Clinical-Amir.pdf

Buck, ML, Amir LH, Donath SH. Topical treatments used by breastfeeding women to treat sore and damaged nipples. Clinical Lactation 2015;6(1):16-23. 

de Ponti M, Stewart K, Amir LH, Hussainy SY. Medicine use and safety while breastfeeding: investigating the perspectives of community pharmacists in Australia. Aust J Prim Health 2015; 21: 46-57. Available from: http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/PY13012

Amir LH. Breastfeeding in public: "You can do it?" [Commentary]. Int Breastfeed J 2014; 9:187. Available from: http://www.internationalbreastfeedingjournal.com/content/9/1/187

McLachlan HL, Forster DA, Amir LH, Small R, Cullinane M, Watson LF, Shafiei T. Supporting breastfeeding In Local Communities (SILC): protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2014;14:346. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/14/346

Rowe H, Wynter K, Lorgelly P, Amir LH, Ranasinha S, Proimos J, Cann W, Hiscock H, Bayer J, Burns J, Ride J, Bobevski I, Fisher J. A cluster randomised controlled trial of a brief couple-focussed psycho-educational intervention to prevent common postnatal mental disorders among women: study protocol. BMJ Open 2014; 4(9):e006436. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4173107/

Forster DA, Jacobs S, Amir LH, Davis P, Walker S, McEgan K, Opie G, Donath SM, Moorhead AM, Ford R, McNamara C, Aylward A, Gold L. Diabetes and Antenatal Milk Expressing (DAME): protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open 2014; 30;4(10): e006571. Available from: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/4/10/e006571.long  

Grzeskowiak LE, Amir LH. Pharmacological management of low milk supply with domperidone: separating fact from fiction. Med J Aust 2014; 201(5):257-58. Available from: https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2014/201/5/pharmacological-management-low-milk-supply-domperidone-separating-fact-fiction

Forster DA, McLachlan HL, Davey M-A, Amir LH, Gold L, Small R, Mortensen K, Moorhead A, Grimes H, McLardie-Hore F. Ringing Up about Breastfeeding: a randomised controlled trial exploring earlY telephone peer support for breastfeeding (RUBY) - trial protocol. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014,14:177. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/14/177

Amir LH. Managing common breastfeeding problems in the community. BMJ 2014; 348: g2954. Available from:  http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmj.g2954?ijkey=Es3Pz6KECBJCwX6&keytype=ref

Amir LH, Trupin S, Kvist LJ. Diagnosing and treating mastitis in breastfeeding women. J Hum Lact 2014; 30(1):10-13.

Amir LH. ABM Clinical Protocol #4: Mastitis, Revised March 2014. Breastfeed Med 2014;9:239-43. Available from: http://www.bfmed.org/Media/Files/Protocols/2014_Updated_Mastitis6.30.14.pdf

James JP, Taft A, Amir LH, Agius P. Does intimate partner violence impact on women’s initiation and duration of breastfeeding? Breastfeed Rev 2014; 22(2):11-9.

Buck M, Amir LH, Cullinane M, Donath SM, CASTLE study team . Nipple pain, damage and vasospasm in the first eight weeks postpartum. Breastfeed Med 2014; 9(1):56-62. Available from: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/bfm.2013.0106?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3dpubmed

Amir LH, Donath SM, Garland SM, Tabrizi SN, Bennett CM, Cullinane M, et al. Does Candida and/or Staphylococcus play a role in nipple and breast pain in lactation? A cohort study in Melbourne, Australia. BMJ Open 2013; 3(3): e002351. Available from: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/3/3/e002351.full.

Amir LH, Raval M, Hussainy SY. Breastfeeding information in pharmacology textbooks: a content analysis. Breastfeed Rev 2013;21(2):31-7.

Johns HM, Forster DA, Amir LH, Moorhead AM, McEgan KM, McLachlan HL. Infant feeding practices in the first 24–48 h of life in healthy term infants. Acta Paediatrica 2013;102(7):e315-e20. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/apa.12259

Johns HM, Forster DA, Amir LH, McLachlan HL. Prevalence and outcomes of breast milk expressing in women with healthy term infants: a review of the literature. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2013; 13:212. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/13/212

de Jager E, Skouteris H, Broadbent J, Amir L, Mellor K. Psychosocial correlates of exclusive breastfeeding: a systematic review. Midwifery 2013; 29(5): 506-518..

Amir LH, Donath SM. Maternal diet and breastfeeding: A case for rethinking physiological explanations for breastfeeding determinants. Early Hum Dev 2012;88(7):467-71. Available from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378378211003409.

Amir LH, Ryan KM, Jordan SE. Avoiding risk at what cost? Putting use of medicines for breastfeeding women into perspective [Commentary]. Int Breastfeed J 2012; 7: 14. Available from: http://www.internationalbreastfeedingjournal.com/content/7/1/14.

Taft AJ, Hobbs MK, Hussainy SY, Amir LH, Stewart K, Smith AM, et al. Unintended pregnancy in Australia: what more can we do? Med J Aust [Editorial]. 2011;195(4):166-7. Available from: http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/195_04_150811/taf10270_fm.html.

Moorhead AM, Amir LH, O'Brien PW, Wong S. A prospective study of fluconazole treatment for breast and nipple thrush. Breastfeed Rev 2011;19(3):25-9. Available from: http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=880757213362081;res=IELHEA.

McDonald K, Amir LH, Davey M-A. Maternal bodies and medicines: a commentary on risk and decision-making of pregnant and breastfeeding women and health professionals. BMC Public Health 2011; 11(Suppl 5): S5. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/11/S5/S5.

Hussainy SY, Stewart K, Chapman CB, Taft AJ, Amir LH, Hobbs MK, et al. Provision of the emergency contraceptive pill without prescription: attitudes and practices of pharmacists in Australia. Contraception 2011;83(2):159-66. Epub 2010 Aug 12. Available from: http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/article/S0010-7824(10)00398-7/abstract.

Hobbs MK, Taft AJ, Amir LH, Stewart K, Shelley JM, Smith AM, et al. Pharmacy access to the emergency contraceptive pill: a national survey of a random sample of Australian women. Contraception 2011;83(2):151-8. Epub 2010 Jul 20. Available from: http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/article/S0010-7824(10)00356-2/abstract.

Forster DA, Moorhead A, Jacobs S, Amir LH, Walker S, McEgan K, et al. Is not testing a major change in clinical practice an ethical dilemma? Midwifery [Invited Letter]. 2011;27(6):e301-e2. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2010.03.003.

Amir LH, Pirotta MV, Raval M. Breastfeeding--evidence based guidelines for the use of medicines. Aust Fam Physician 2011;40(9):684-90. Epub 2011 Sep 7. Available from: http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/201109/44172.

Amir LH, James JP, Kelso G, Moorhead AM. Accreditation of midwife lactation consultants to perform infant tongue-tie release. Int J Nurs Pract 2011;17(6):541-7. Epub 2011 Nov 22. Available from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1440-172X.2011.01969.x/full.

Amir LH, Cullinane M, Garland SM, Tabrizi SN, Donath SM, Bennett CM, et al. The role of micro-organisms (Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans) in the pathogenesis of breast pain and infection in lactating women: study protocol. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2011; 11: 54. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/11/54.

Amir LH. Social theory and infant feeding [Editorial]. Int Breastfeed J 2011; 6: 7. Available from: http://www.internationalbreastfeedingjournal.com/content/6/1/7.

Amir L. Health promotion in medical education: from rhetoric to action [Book Review]. Aust N Z J Public Health 2011;35(1):96-7. Available from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00676.x/full.

Jayawickrama H, Amir L, Pirotta M. GPs' decision-making when prescribing medicines for breastfeeding women: Content analysis of a survey. BMC Research Notes 2010; 3(1): 82. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1756-0500/3/82.

Clemons SN, Amir LH. Breastfeeding Women's Experience of Expressing: A Descriptive Study. J Hum Lact 2010;26(3):258-65. Available from: http://jhl.sagepub.com/content/26/3/258.abstract.

Chapters in books / reports

Sulaiman Z, Amir LH, Liamputtong P. Infant feeding practices: Rates, risks of not breastfeeding and factors influencing breastfeeding. In: Narvaez D, Panksepp J, Schore AN, Gleason TR, editors. Evolution, early experience and human development - from research to practice and policy. New York: Oxford University Press; 2013.

Cooklin AR, Donath SM, Amir LH. Breastfeeding and maternal employment: Current Australian evidence and future interventions. In: Nueland W, editor. Breastfeeding: Methods, Benefits to the Infant and Mother and Difficulties. Hauppauga, NY: Nova Publishers; 2010. p. 143-53.

Amir LH, Pirotta M. Medicines for breastfeeding women: a postal survey of knowledge, attitudes and practices of general practitioners in Victoria, Australia. Melbourne: Mother & Child Health Research, La Trobe University 2010.

Amir LH, Livingstone V. Management of common lactation and breastfeeding problems. In: Jatoi I, Kaufmann M, editors. Management of Breast Diseases. Heidelberg: Springer; 2010. p. 77-103.

Amir LH, Forster DA, McLachlan HL, Moorhead AM, Chamberlain CR, McKay HJ. Breastfeeding in Victoria: A Report Melbourne: Mother & Child Health Research, La Trobe University 2010.

Amir LH. Medicines for breastfeeding women: risky business? In: Nueland W, editor. Breastfeeding: Methods, Benefits to the Infant and Mother and Difficulties. Hauppauga, NY: Nova Publishers; 2010. p. 129-41.

Recent Presentation

Amir LH, Bearzatto A. Resources to support you to support breastfeeding women. Presented at RACGP 2015 conference, Melbourne. PDF uploaded - please see "Resume".


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Older publications

Papers in refereed journals

Hobbs M, Taft AJ, Amir LH. The emergency contraceptive pill rescheduled: A focus group study of women's knowledge, attitudes and experiences. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care 2009;35(2):87-91. Available from: http://jfprhc.bmj.com/content/35/2/87.short.

Amir LH, Pirotta MV. Medicines for breastfeeding women: A postal survey of general practitioners in Victoria. Med J Aust [Letter] 2009;191(2):126. Available from: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-70349321208&partnerID=40&md5=3c7df669f775c73877b8c5ab376f6f40.

Panjaitan M, Lisa H. Amir, Costa A-M, Rudland E, Tabrizi S. Polymerase chain reaction in detection of Candida albicans for confirmation of clinical diagnosis of nipple thrush. Breastfeed Med [Letter]. 2008;3(3):185-7. Available from: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/bfm.2008.0106.

Donath SM, Amir LH. Effect of gestation on initiation and duration of breastfeeding. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 2008 November 1, 2008;93(6):F448-F50. Available from: http://fn.bmj.com/content/93/6/F448.abstract.

Donath SM, Amir LH. Maternal obesity and initiation and duration of breastfeeding: data from the longitudinal study of Australian children. Matern Child Nutr 2008;4(3):163-70. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1740-8709.2008.00134.x.

Cooklin AR, Donath SM, Amir LH. Maternal employment and breastfeeding: results from the longitudinal study of Australian children. Acta Paediatr 2008;97(5):620-3. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1651-2227.2008.00740.x.

Chin L, Amir L. Survey of patient satisfaction with the Breastfeeding Education and Support Services of The Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne. BMC Health Serv Res 2008; 8(1): 83. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/8/83.

Amir LH, Donath SM. Socioeconomic status and rates of breastfeeding in Australia: Evidence from three recent national health surveys. Med J Aust 2008;189(5):254-6. Available from: https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2008/189/5/socioeconomic-status-and-rates-breastfeeding-australia-evidence-three-recent.

Amir L, Ingram J. Health professionals' advice for breastfeeding problems: Not good enough! Int Breastfeed J [Editorial]. 2008;3(1):22. Available from: http://www.internationalbreastfeedingjournal.com/content/3/1/22.

Jordan HL, Bruinsma FJ, Thomson RJ, Amir LH, Werther GA, Venn AJ. Adolescent exposure to high-dose estrogen and subsequent effects on lactation. Reprod Toxicol 2007;24:397-402. Available from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S089062380700072X.

Hobbs M, Taft A, Amir LH. Emergency contraception. Aust Fam Physician [Letter]. 2007;36(12):982. Available from: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-38449107997&partnerID=40&md5=8dd601cb858663446ab5b9c7d0a51999.

Beasley A, Amir L. Policy on infant formula industry funding, support or sponsorship of articles submitted for publication [Editorial]. Int Breastfeed J 2007; 2(1): 5. Available from: http://www.internationalbreastfeedingjournal.com/content/2/1/5.

Beasley A, Amir L. Infant feeding, poverty and human development. Int Breastfeed J [Editorial]. 2007;2(1):14. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1746-4358/2/14.

Amir LH. Medicines and breastfeeding: information is available on safe use. Med J Aust [Letter; Correction published 2007, 186 (11): 606]. 2007;186(9):485. Available from: https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2007/186/11/medicines-and-breastfeeding-information-available-safe-use.

Amir L, Forster D, Lumley J, McLachlan H. A descriptive study of mastitis in Australian breastfeeding women: incidence and determinants. BMC Public Health 2007; 7(1): 62. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/7/62.

Amir L, Donath S. A systematic review of maternal obesity and breastfeeding intention, initiation and duration. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2007; 7: 9. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/7/9.

Amir LH, Lumley J. Women's experience of lactational mastitis - ‘I have never felt worse’. Aust Fam Physician 2006;35(9):745-7. Available from: http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/200609/11037.

Amir LH. Breastfeeding: managing 'supply' difficulties. Aust Fam Physician 2006;35(9):686-89. Available from: http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/200609/11012.

Amir L, James J, Donath S. Reliability of the Hazelbaker Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function. Int Breastfeed J. 2006;1(1):3. Available from: http://www.internationalbreastfeedingjournal.com/content/1/1/3.

Amir L, Garland S, Lumley J. A case-control study of mastitis: nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus. BMC Fam Pract 2006; 7: 57. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2296/7/57.

Amir L. International Breastfeeding Journal: Introducing a new journal. Int Breastfeed J [Editorial]. 2006;1(1):1. Available from: http://www.internationalbreastfeedingjournal.com/content/1/1/1.

Syahlul D, Amir L. Do Indonesian medical practitioners approve the availability of emergency contraception over-the-counter? A survey of general practitioners and obstetricians in Jakarta. BMC Womens Health 2005; 5(1): 3. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6874/5/3.

Donath SM, Amir LH. Breastfeeding and the introduction of solids in Australian infants: data from the 2001 National Health Survey. Aust N Z J Public Health 2005;29(2):171-5. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-842X.2005.tb00069.x.

Amir LH, James JP, Beatty J. Review of tongue-tie release at a tertiary maternity hospital. J Paediatr Child Health [Review]. 2005;41(5-6):243-5. Available from: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-22244453042&partnerID=40&md5=ee8fb77876cd4771fa20f684bb7de8b3.

Amir LH, Cwikel J. Why do women stop breastfeeding? A closer look at 'not enough milk' among Israeli women in the Negev Region. Breastfeed Rev 2005;13(3):7-13. Available from: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-33644616880&partnerID=40&md5=e847ef297a971740d30c8262e5bda9c2.

Forster D, McLachlan H, Lumley J, Beanland C, Waldenström U, Amir L. Two mid-pregnancy interventions to increase the initiation and duration of breastfeeding: A randomized controlled trial. Birth 2004;31(3):176-82. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0730-7659.2004.00302.x.

Donath SM, Amir LH, the AST. The relationship between maternal smoking and breastfeeding duration after adjustment for maternal infant feeding intention. Acta Paediatr 2004;93(11):1514-8. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1651-2227.2004.tb02639.x.

Amir LH, Forster D, McLachlan H, Lumley J. Incidence of breast abscess in lactating women: report from an Australian cohort. BJOG 2004;111(12):1378-81. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-0528.2004.00272.x.

Amir L, Lumley J, Garland S. A failed RCT to determine if antibiotics prevent mastitis: Cracked nipples colonized with Staphylococcus aureus: A randomized treatment trial [ISRCTN65289389]. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2004; 4(1): 19. Available from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/4/19.

Amir L. Test your knowledge. Nipple pain in breastfeeding. Aust Fam Physician 2004;33(1-2):44-5. Available from: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-1842841194&partnerID=40&md5=afe24186441e21050d7454624f600b73.

Donath SM, Amir LH, The Alspac Study Team. Relationship between prenatal infant feeding intention and initiation and duration of breastfeeding: a cohort study. Acta Paediatr 2003;92(3):352-6. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1651-2227.2003.tb00558.x.

Amir LH, Donath SM. Does maternal smoking have a negative physiological effect on breastfeeding? The epidemiological evidence. Breastfeed Rev 2003;11(2):19-29.

Amir LH. Breast pain in lactating women – mastitis or something else? Aust Fam Physician [Invited article]. 2003;32(3):141-5. Available from: http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/200303/28966.

Amir L, Garland S. Painful nipples in nursing mothers. Aust Fam Physician 2003;32(10). Available from: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0642273183&partnerID=40&md5=14320f391a784b333a25ed7fa993afe4.

Sneddon M, Fisher J, Amir L, Feekery C. Health and social circumstances of women admitted to a private mother baby unit. A descriptive cohort study. Aust Fam Physician 2002 2002 Oct;31(10):966-70, 73. Available from: http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=380100648500177;res=IELHEA.

Donath SM, Amir LH. The introduction of breast milk substitutes and solid foods: evidence from the 1995 National Health Survey. Aust N Z J Public Health 2002;26(5):481-4. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-842X.2002.tb00352.x.

Bergman R, Amir L, Watson L. A descriptive survey of data collection in breastfeeding services at Victorian maternity hospitals. Breastfeed Rev 2002;10(3):25-9. Available from: http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=441403123939655;res=IELHEA.

Amir LH, Donath SM. Does Maternal Smoking Have a Negative Physiological Effect on Breastfeeding? The Epidemiological Evidence. Birth 2002;29(2):112-23. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1523-536X.2002.00152.x.

Amir L. Breastfeeding and Staphylococcus aureus: three case reports. Breastfeed Rev 2002;10(1):15-8. Available from: http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=441570820680978;res=IELHEA.

Amir LH, Lumley J. The treatment of Staphylococcus aureus infected sore nipples: a randomized comparative study. J Hum Lact [Letter]. 2001;17(2):115-7. Available from: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0035353011&partnerID=40&md5=43da21a698680cd3831506c5ed8d23d8.

Amir LH. Maternal smoking and reduced duration of breastfeeding: a review of possible mechanisms. Early Hum Dev 2001;64(1):45-67. Available from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378378201001700.

Donath S, Amir LH. Rates of breastfeeding in Australia by State and socio-economic status: Evidence from the 1995 National Health Survey. J Paediatr Child Health 2000;36(2):164-8. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1440-1754.2000.00486.x.

Donath S, Amir L. Does maternal obesity adversely affect breastfeeding initiation and duration? Breastfeed Rev 2000;8(3):29-33. Available from: http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=440527374290519;res=IELHEA.

Donath S, Amir L. Rates of breastfeeding in Australia by state and socioeconomic status: evidence from the 1995 National Health Survey. Breastfeed Rev 2000;8(3):23-7. Available from: http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=440564640233036;res=IELHEA.

Donath S, Amir L. Does maternal obesity adversely affect breastfeeding initiation and duration? J Paediatr Child Health 2000;36(5):482-6. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1440-1754.2000.00562.x.

Amir LH, Donath SM. Rate of vasectomy rises with increasing income. Aust NZJ Obstet Gynaecol [Short Report]. 2000;40(1):92-. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1479-828X.2000.tb03176.x.

Amir LH. Active and passive cigarette smoking and breast cancer: Is a real risk emerging? [3]. Med J Aust [multiple letters]. 2000;173(7):391.

Amir L. Mastitis: are we overprescribing antibiotics? Current Therapeutics 2000;41(4):24-6, 8-9. Available from: http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=531977997225765;res=IELHEA.

Chapters in books / reports

Jayawickrama H, Amir L, Moorhead A. Bacteria in powdered infant formula: New guidelines for preparation and use to reduce risk of infection: Hot Topic, Lactation Resource Centre 2009.

Amir LH, Clements F, Walsh A. Breastfeeding: Check program 2007.

Amir L. Lactation and feeding. In: O'Connor V, Kovacs G, editors. Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women's Health. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2003. p. 302-5.

Amir L. Breastfeeding difficulties. In: O'Connor V, Kovacs G, editors. Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women's Health. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2003. p. 379-81.

Research projects

Find more information about the following projects on the JLC webpages.

Diabetes and antenatal milk expressing (DAME): a randomised controlled trial

Team: Della Forster, Lisa Amir, Anita Moorhead; in collaboration with Susan Jacobs and Peter Davis, Royal Women’s Hospital; Susan Walker, Kerri McEgan and Gillian Opie, Mercy Hospital for Women; Susan Donath, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute; Rachael Ford, Royal Women’s Hospital; Catherine McNamara, Mercy Hospital for Women; Amanda Aylward, Royal Women’s Hospital; Christine East, Monash Medical Centre

Funding: NHMRC project grant 2011–2014

MILC (Mothers’ and Infants’ Lactation Cohort): a multi-site study

Team: Della Forster, Lisa Amir, Helen McLachlan, Anita Moorhead, Helene Johns; in collaboration with Rachael Ford, Royal Women’s Hospital; Kerri McEgan, Mercy Hospital for Women; Chris Scott, Frances Perry House; Kinga Pemo, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University

Funding: La Trobe University Faculty Grant, La Trobe University PhD scholarship

Ringing Up about Breastfeeding – a randomised controlled trial exploring early telephone peer support for breastfeeding (RUBY)

Team: Della Forster, Helen McLachlan, Mary-Ann Davey, Lisa Amir, Rhonda Small; in collaboration with Lisa Gold, Deakin University; Anita Moorhead, Royal Women’s Hospital; Chris East, Monash Medical Centre; Patrice Hickey, Sunshine Hospital; Nanette Shone and Kate Mortensen, Australian Breastfeeding Association; Cindy-Lee Dennis, University of Toronto, Canada; Heather Grimes, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University

Funding: Felton Bequest; PhD Scholarship

The role of micro-organisms (S. aureus & C. albicans) in the pathogenesis of breast pain and infection in lactating women (CASTLE Study)

Team: Lisa Amir, Méabh Cullinane; in collaboration with Suzanne Garland and Sepehr Tabrizi, Bio21 Molecular Science & Biotechnology, University of Melbourne; Susan Donath, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute; Catherine Bennett, Deakin University

Funding: NHMRC Health Professional Research Fellowship 2006-2010 (LA); NHMRC project grant 2009-2010; NHMRC equipment grant (2009/2010)

Supporting breastfeeding In Local Communities (SILC)

Team: Helen McLachlan, Della Forster, Lisa Amir, Rhonda Small, Méabh Cullinane, Heather McKay, Touran Shafiei; in collaboration with Lael Ridgway, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University

Funding: Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, 2011 – 2014