Research collaborations

The Australian Breastfeeding Association collaborates on research with leading universities, researchers and health care facilities. Our involvement varies depending on the type and scope of the research. Enquiries about research collaborations should be directed to our Breastfeeding Information and Research team via email or by calling 03 9690 4620 9.30am - 4.30pm AEST Monday - Friday.

Current collaborations

Diabetes & Antenatal Milk Expression DAME: A Randomised Controlled Trial

Mother & Child Health Research (MCHR), La Trobe University. Investigation of the effect of antenatal milk expressing on babies of women with diabetes in pregnancy (requiring insulin) compared to the outcomes of babies of women with diabetes in pregnancy (requiring insulin) receiving standard care. Read more about the DAME study on the MCHR website.

Supporting Breastfeeding In Local Communities SILC Project

The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) has provided funding for Mother & Child Health Research (MCHR), La Trobe University to trial interventions aimed at increasing breastfeeding duration in Victorian communities. Read more about SILC study on the MCHR website.

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

Mother & Child Health Research (MCHR), La Trobe University. MCHR received funding to conduct a trial of telephone support for breastfeeding provided by volunteer mothers who have themselves breastfed. The trial is led jointly by a team from MCHR and the Royal Women’s Hospital, in collaboration with the Australian Breastfeeding Association, Monash Medical Centre and Sunshine Hospital. Read more about RUBY study on the MCHR website.

Recent collaborations

Economics of Work and Breastfeeding: Working while breastfeeding: Best practice strategies for workplaces and childcare centres

The Australian National University (ANU) is leading a research partnership with Flinders University, University of New South Wales (UNSW), and the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA), to examine ‘breastfeeding friendly’ practices in workplaces and childcare services, and what is needed to help employed mothers continue breastfeeding. The study is being supported by a prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project grant. Read more about this research at the Economics of Work and Breastfeeding website.

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

Mother & Child Health Research (MCHR), La Trobe University. Read more about the CASTLE study on the MCHR website. "Lead researcher Associate Professor Lisa Amir says that the results of the research will make it easier for healthcare professionals to diagnose the presence of breast thrush and thus to treat women who are experiencing nipple pain." (read more...). The research is available online through the open access journal BMJ Open.


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