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Table 3 Schedule of specimen collection for the CASTLE study (400 women)

From: The role of micro-organisms (Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans) in the pathogenesis of breast pain and infection in lactating women: study protocol

   RECRUITMENT LABOUR HOSPITAL WK 1 WK 2 WK 3 WK 4
Mother Nasal 1   1 1 1 1 1
  Vaginal 1 1      
  Left nipple 2*   2* 2* 2* 2* 2*
  Right nipple 2*   2* 2* 2* 2* 2*
  Left breast milk    1 1 1 1 1
  Right breast milk    1 1 1 1 1
Baby Nasal    1 1 1 1 1
  Oral    1 1 1 1 1
  TOTAL 6 1 9 9 9 9 9
  1. * 2 swabs taken, one for culture analysis and one for molecular analysis