1. Participant Information

You are invited to take part in a research study conducted by Belén Vázquez, student researcher at CNELM. Before you decide to take part, it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

What is the purpose of the study?
The aim of this study is to provide an account of the views and experiences of breastfeeding women on dietary changes and beliefs about infant colic.

You are be invited to fill out the present online survey. Engagement with the survey will demonstrate consent. You can also volunteer to take part in a one to one interview, which aims to further explore the link between maternal diet and infant colic. For this, please follow the instructions at the end of the survey. 

Why have you been chosen?
You have been asked to participate because you meet the selection criteria for this study.

What do you have to do?
Simply answer the survey questions by August 18th. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. 
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
The study focuses on supporting women ‘supporting their babies’ and improving women’s breastfeeding experiences. Your views are extremely valuable and can help build on the current research. The outcomes of this study may help nutritional therapist practitioners support breastfeeding mothers who have children with colic.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
There are no known risks in participating in this study.

Do you have to take part?
No. It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you decide to take part, you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. A decision to withdraw at any time, or a decision not to take part, will not affect your current or future professional relationship with the student researcher.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
All information that is collected about you or your baby during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential. Any information about you or your baby will be anonymised. All data will be stored, analysed and reported in compliance with the Data Protection legislation.

What will happen to the results of the research study?
The study in full or partial form may be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and/or relevant personal and public social media platforms. You and your baby will not be identified in any report or publication. You can contact belen-vazquez@ac.cnelm.co.uk to request a copy of the results.

Who has reviewed the study?
The CNELM Research Ethics Committee (REC). The REC is a multi-disciplinary independent body that will review research involving human participants to ensure the dignity, rights and welfare of participants are protected. The members of the REC and the rules regarding conflict of interest, monitoring and accountability help maintain its independence.

Contact for further information
Belén Vázquez, student researcher, belen-vazquez@ac.cnelm.co.uk
Dr. Michele Barrow, student supervisor, Clinical & Academic team director, michelle@cnelm.co.uk
Dr. Karin Seidler, Head of student research, karin@cnelm.co.uk