Motherhood after spinal cord injury

Researcher(s): Dr. Andrei Krassioukov

Breastfeeding positively impacts the emotional and physical well being and quality of life (QOL) of mothers and their babies. However, many women with SCI face unique challenges in lactation and breastfeeding, and there is still a lack of knowledge of the underlying reasons for these challenges. Our preliminary study revealed nearly 78% of women experienced these difficulties. Barriers to breastfeeding may impact mothers’ QOL, and there is still a lack of information and support available for women attempting to breastfeeding after SCI. We wish to identify hindering factors for breastfeeding after SCI, how those barriers affect mothers’ QOL and identify the needs of postpartum women with SCI to ensure their independence and community living.

Why should you participate in this study?

Your participation will help us understand the specific SCI-related challenges to breastfeeding and the support that new mothers require in clinical care, information access and community support. With these findings, we hope to build on the foundation of knowledge that will eventually improve the quality of life in mothers with SCI, and develop guidelines for optimal maternal care and SCI management.

You may be able to participate in this study if you:
•    are over the age of 18
•    have a good command of English
•    have a spinal cord injury
•    have attempted to breastfeed your child(ren) either successfully or unsuccessfully
Note: Women who have previously participated in our preliminary study are still eligible

Approximately 1 hour is required to complete both surveys. A $50 Visa gift card will be award to participants who complete both surveys. The study can be completed online.

For more information or to sign up to participate, please contact the study coordinator, Amanda Lee, by email or call 604-354-3397.