How to improve a first-time moms breastfeeding experience

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How to improve a first-time moms breastfeeding experience

  1. 1. How to Improve a First-Time Mom’s Breastfeeding Experience Cristina Leos (cristina.leos1@gmail.com) Stanford University
  2. 2. Why doesbreastfeeding for first- time moms matter?
  3. 3. Breastfeedingprovides essentialnutrients for properinfant development.It also improvescognitive functionand promotes baby’shealth. NurtureBaby
  4. 4. Establishing this practice in first-time momsmakes it more likely they will breastfeed anyother children they have Savebabies.org
  5. 5. What few people realize is that new parentsare often overwhelmed with informationabout their new baby, particularly regardingbreastfeeding. Mylifepuzzle
  6. 6. I know this because mothers declined the option tosign up for a newsletter and preferred to be able to seek out relevant information for themselves. They reported feeling more stressed by all the information being directed towards them. Quickandsimple
  7. 7. Another thing few people realize is thatmobile apps are mostly useful forestablishing the habit of breastfeeding. HABIT
  8. 8. Mothers reported aheavy reliance on mobileapps to track theirbreastfeeding patternsduring the first fewweeks…but they had little to no need for the appafter a routine had been established.
  9. 9. Another thing few people realize, is the importance of social support when women attempt to breastfeed. Talking with a professional and interacting with otherwomen who are experiencing the same issues is key to continuing the practice.
  10. 10. I know this because mothers pointed tovisiting a lactation consultant or joining asupport group as a driving factor in helpingthem decide to continue breastfeeding,especially when they encountered difficulties.
  11. 11. These new insights haveimportant implications.
  12. 12. 1. It is important to provide women with a reliable, centralized location for credible resources in order to be best informed when they seek information.
  13. 13. 2. Mobile apps should be used in conjunction with other resources in order to ensure a continuation of the breastfeeding practice.
  14. 14. 3. Efforts should emphasize helping women find social support in order to promote breastfeeding over a longer period of time.
  15. 15. Thank you!Have comments? Leave them below or follow me on Twitter (@consider_change)

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