at Sacramento, California
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Principal Investigator
Laura R Kair, MD
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Laura R Kair



The primary objective of this study is to pilot an intervention of providing manual breast pumps at hospital discharge to low-income, first-time mothers and to generate initial estimates of the effect of this intervention on exclusive breastfeeding rates at 3 months (12 weeks). In this pilot study, we will compare receipt of a breast pump and brief instructions of its use to the active control of receipt of a children's book and brief instructions about reading with baby. As a secondary objective, we will investigate mothers' attitudes and opinions about the manual breast pump intervention with the goal of fine-tuning it to best fit mothers' needs before a larger, multi-center trial. To support our objectives, we will examine the following specific aims: 1. To test the intervention of providing low-income, first time mothers with a manual breast pump at hospital discharge on exclusive breastfeeding rates at 12 weeks. Hypothesis: Among low-income first-time mothers, receipt of a manual breast pump at hospital discharge will lead to improved exclusive breastfeeding rates at 12 weeks postpartum compared to receipt of a children's book. 2. To use qualitative methods to determine best practices associated with successful implementation of a breast pump intervention to improve breastfeeding rates among low-income, first-time mothers. 3. To test the effect of receiving a children's board book during the birth hospitalization on parents reading to the baby at 3 months (12 weeks).

Official Title

PUMP (Providing the Underprivileged With Manual Pumps): A Randomized Controlled Trial


Breastfeeding, Exclusive reading Pump Book


You can join if…

  • WIC-eligibility (income below 185% the federal poverty line)
  • liveborn infant
  • in the well newborn nursery
  • 12-96 hours of age
  • infant is breastfeeding

You CAN'T join if...

  • maternal age <18 years
  • maternal incarceration
  • mother does not speak or read in English
  • infant is a twin or higher level multiple
  • infant has cleft lip and palate or a known syndrome


  • University of California Medical Center
    Sacramento California 95817 United States

Lead Scientist at UC Davis

  • Laura R Kair, MD
    Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics. Authored (or co-authored) 33 research publications.


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