Table 1

 Baseline characteristics of the groups randomised to oxytocin spray or placebo spray

Oxytocin (n = 27)Placebo (n = 24)
Results are number (%) unless stated otherwise.
*Mean (SD).
LSCS, Lower segment caesarean section.
Maternal age (years)*31.5 (5.5)30.8 (6.7)
Mothers with degree or higher professional qualification18 (67)14 (58)
Mother married or with partner26 (96)21 (87)
Ethnic group of mother
    White/Asian18 (67)16 (67)
    Black9 (33)8 (33)
Multiple birth4 (15)5 (21)
Previous breast feeding experience5 (19)5 (21)
Previous pumping experience6 (22)3 (13)
Mode of delivery
    Elective LSCS12 (44)5 (21)
    Emergency LSCS4 (15)5 (21)
    Vaginal delivery11 (41)14 (58)
Infant intubated at birth11 (41)16 (59)
Infant held by mother at birth3 (11)5 (21)
Male infants18 (56)14 (44)
Infant birth weight (g)*1380 (604)1315 (603)
Infant gestation (weeks)*29.9 (2.8)29.0 (3.7)