The Women's celebrated International Midwives Day (5th May 2015) and International Nurses Day (12th May 2015) with a range of festivities including a Nursing and Midwifery research poster display and an award for the best poster.
The poster receiving the prize was Helene Johns' poster "Under the pump", which describes the MILC (Mothers and Infants Lactation Cohort) Study. Helene is a PhD student at the Centre. The photo shows Della Forster in front of the poster. She is supervising Helene's PhD together with Lisa Amir and Helen McLachlan.
The MILC study explored the frequency of breast milk expressing and the effect of expressing on breastfeeding outcomes and other factors. The primary outcome for comparison was feeding any breast milk at six months. Secondary outcomes included exclusive breastfeeding, maternal confidence and satisfaction with infant feeding. Breast pump uptake at recruitment and subsequent use was high. Early breastfeeding problems were common and less than half of the infants had fed only at the breast in the first days of life.
If you would like to know more about this study, outcomes were published just recently, on May 7, 2015 in BMJ Open:
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: https://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007512