Breastfeeding Medicine

Breastfeeding Medicine

We conduct research on various aspects of breastfeeding, guided by the needs and priorities of the community, both local and international, at a given moment.

Breastfeeding Medicine

 Medicina dojenja
Head of research group
 
 Assist. Prof Irena Zakarija-Grković
 
Research
We conduct research on various aspects of breastfeeding, guided by the needs and priorities of the community, both local and international, at a given moment. Our areas of research include: breastfeeding predictors, breastfeeding education, Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, interventions for increasing breastfeeding rates, reasons for formula supplementation, breastfeeding support, management of mastitis and attitudes of health professionals toward breastfeeding.


Group members
Assist. Prof Irena Zakarija-Grković, MD, FRACGP, IBCLC, PhD, lead researcher [CV]
Prof. Pat Hoddinott, associate, MD, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Lisa Amir, MBBS, MMed, PhD, IBCLC, FABM, associate
Assist. Prof. Anita  Pavičić Bošnjak, MD, IBCLC, PhD, associate
Tea  Burmaz, MD, associate
Anamarija  Ćuže, MD, associate
Marija  Boban, MD, associate
Mario Malicki, MD, PhD, associate
Sunčana Janković, MD, associate
Željka Topić, MD, associate
Toni Božinović, MD, associate
Toni Lozančić, MD, associate
Olga Šegvić, MD, associate
Ana Vučković, MD, associate
Marija ćaran, MD, associate
Ana Barić, MD, associate
Ivan Buljan, M. Sc., associate
Drita  Puharić, MSc, associate
Ana Vidović Roguljić, MSc, associate
Linda Smith, MSc, associate
Željana Tomić, MSc, associate
Gabrijela Tenžera, MSc, associate
Marina  Katušin, midwifery student 
Photo gallery 

Future directions
We would like to explore in greater depth, using qualitative methods, reasons for in-hospital supplementation of breastfed babies with formula. This would then lead to an interventional study looking at methods for decreasing in-hospital supplementation. We also plan to investigate why attendance to free breastfeeding support groups is so low in our region and why only 16% of future parents attend antenatal courses. The City of Split is planning to put together a Program for the Protection and Promotion of Breastfeeding and ideally, we would like to do a before/after study of breastfeeding rates and breastfeeding.

Selected publications and doctoral theses


Interests and topics: Breastfeeding, supplementation, Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, breastfeeding community inititative, breastfeeding support groups, antenatal breastfeeding courses, exclusive breastfeeding, breastfeeding education, mastitis.
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