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Exploration of the relationship between infant feeding attitudes and infant feeding practices

You are being invited to participate in a research study. Before you decide whether to participate, it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully.


What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of the study is to investigate how the relationship between infant feeding attitudes and infant feeding practices may change between the third trimester of pregnancy and six weeks postpartum.

Why have I been invited to take part?

We are looking for female volunteers who are aged 18 and over and who are in their third trimester of pregnancy (>35 weeks). All participants are required to have knowledge of the English language to a degree where they will be able to understand the written information provided.

Do I have to take part?


You are under no obligation to take part in this study; it is completely your choice.  If you do decide to take part, you are free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason, without incurring a disadvantage. 

What will happen if I take part?


If you decide to take part you will be required to complete an online survey on two occasions, one immediately and one six weeks following your stated due date. You will be taken to a secure website and asked to complete questionnaires relating to infant feeding attitudes, infant feeding intentions or practices and mood (anxiety and depression) along with a few demographic questions.


At the end of the first survey you will be asked to enter your predicted due date and provide an email address to enable the researcher to contact you six weeks after your due date to complete the survey on the second occasion. The second survey will contain a very similar set of questions as presented in the first online survey.

At the end of this survey you will be redirected to a page whereby you will have the opportunity to provide your e-mail address to enter a prize draw to win £25 (or equivalent in appropriate currency) in Amazon vouchers. To maintain  anonymity this information will be stored in separately from the questionnaire responses provided.

Are there any risks in taking part?


There are no anticipated risks to you if you take part in the study. However, some individuals may find questions relating to negative mood a little upsetting. You are reminded that if at any point you should experience any discomfort or disadvantage as part of the research you are free to withdraw at any time without giving a reason. If you are unhappy, or if there is a problem, please feel free to contact the researcher and we will try to help.

What are the benefits of taking part?


There are no direct benefits of taking part. We hope the study will be enjoyable and we will provide you with information about the study on completion which you may find interesting. Additionally, at the end of the survey you will be given the opportunity to enter in to a prize draw to win £25 (or equivelant in appropriate currency) in Amazon vouchers.

Will my participation be kept confidential, and what will happen to the results?


All the information collected about you during the course of the research will be anonymous. The overall results of the study will be submitted as part of the researcher’s degree classification and has the potential to be published in academic journals. Participants will not be identifiable in either format.

What will happen if I no-longer want to take part?


You may withdraw at any point until data analysis has occurred (approximately March 2017) and you will not be required to explain why you have chosen to do so. Your results up until the withdrawal period may be used if you are happy for this to be done. If not, you may request for them to be destroyed by supplying the researcher with details of the date and approximate time of survey completion.

What if I am unhappy, or there is a problem?


If you are unhappy at any point in the study, or if there is a problem, please contact the researcher at the address below. If you remain unhappy or have a complaint which you feel you cannot come to us with then you should contact the Research Governance Officer on +44 (0)151 794 8290 ( When contacting the Research Governance Officer, please provide details of the name or description of the study (so that it can be identified), the researcher(s) involved, and the details of the complaint you wish to make.


 Will my taking part be covered by an insurance scheme?


Participants taking part in any study that has been approved by the University of Liverpool are covered by the University’s insurance scheme.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Dr Joanne Harrold,
Eleanor Rathbone Building,
Bedford Street South,
University of Liverpool, Liverpool,
L69 7ZA

Telephone: +44 (0)151 794 1136