The Public Health Foundations Enterprises WIC Program, greater Los Angeles area, CA
The purpose of this study was to determine whether providing an Ameda Elite double electric breast pump to low-income, full-time working women would facilitate their ability to continue breastfeeding and impact their decision on whether and when they requested infant formula. Mothers who received this pump as soon as requested did not request formula until an average of 8.8 months opposed to an average of 4.8 months for those mothers who did not receive this pump when requested. Mothers who received this pump when requested were 5.5 times as likely as mothers who did not receive this pump to not request formula at 6 months.
PMID 18436966 PUB MED
Reference: Meehan K, Harrison GG, Afifi AA, Nickel N, Jenks E, Ramirez A. The association between an electric pump loan program and the timing of requests for formula by working mothers in WIC. J Hum Lact. 2008;24(2):150-8.