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Share Your Breastfeeding Experience – Survey Opportunity

Posted on Aug 6, 2013

mom-and-baby.blogAre you a new mom breastfeeding your baby or in your final trimester of pregnancy? Use your experience to help future moms by participating in the Bay Area Breastfeeding Experience Survey (BABES).

Run by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), BABES is a large, ongoing study of breastfeeding moms. Since the study launched two years ago, more than 400 moms have participated.

“PAMF  gets 6,000 new babies as patients every year – we’d love to learn from their moms’ parenting and breastfeeding experiences by having them all participate in the study,” says Nancy Brown, Ph.D., an education projects manager who works on the BABES team along with Sally Twesten, another health education manager, and lactation consultants and childbirth educators throughout PAMF.

“PAMF is already a very strong advocate of breastfeeding and we have some wonderful services, classes and resources in place,” says Tweston. “The findings from the study will help us further improve our programs and support for our breastfeeding families.”

For example, early survey results show that “pregnant women who know that their obstetrician strongly recommends breastfeeding only, without adding formula, for the first year of the baby’s life are more likely to make that their goal,” says Brown. “These new moms are also more confident they can do it.” You’ll find the most recent highlights from the survey on our BABES website.

Any PAMF patient who is currently breastfeeding or in her last trimester of pregnancy can join the study. Register on the BABES website or call 650-853-6512 to learn more.