Recruitment Tip #5: Use 150mL/kg/day as a guideline for study inclusion

Inadequate milk supply, as defined by a production of less than 150mL/kg/day, should be used as a guide for study inclusion, not a strict cut-off value. It is difficult to measure exact volumes of breast milk pumped, and therefore mothers producing slightly more than this volume (in the range of 150-155mL/kg/day) are considered eligible for study participation.

Using 150mL/kg/day as a guide instead of a rule will:

  • allow flexibility for inclusion in order to identify mothers truly at higher risk of not being able to produce and maintain their breast milk supply in sufficient quantities for their baby.

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