Disclosure :: This post is part of a series for World Breastfeeding Week and is sponsored by Woman’s Hospital.
Breastfeeding Goes High-Tech in Baton Rouge
Human beings have breastfed their babies since the beginning of time. But what a time to be a mom, as new technology has made breastfeeding a bit easier.
Woman’s Hospital recently became one of the first organizations to offer virtual lactation consultations through mobile devices. The service, called “BreastTime,” allows women to video chat with certified lactation nurses in the convenience of their own homes.
Issues with lactation and latching are cited as major reasons why mothers stop breastfeeding early; many women face low milk supply or breast / nipple pain, and some babies have difficulty latching or maintaining latch or are unable to remove milk. During a one-hour BreastTime consultation, a certified lactation nurse video chats with a mother and provides assistance / guidance for her breastfeeding concerns and challenges.
Here’s what one new mom had to say about her BreastTime experience:
“I was able to log on and get those questions answered and more importantly get the reassurance that you’re doing great, the baby is doing what she’s supposed to do and you’re on the road to success.”
The fee for a BreastTime consultation is $40. To make an appointment, visit www.womans.org/breasttime. A BreastTime consultation is available via computer / laptop with camera, iPhone™, iPad™ or Android phone.
Another new tech tool is Woman’s Pregnancy app, which features a breastfeeding tracker. As most new moms know, it can be daunting to make sure your baby is getting enough to eat – especially in the early days. The tracker helps you remember when baby last ate, which breast you last fed on, and how long the session lasted.
To download Woman’s Pregnancy app, click here. The app is available on the App Store and Google Play.
Learn More About Woman’s Hospital ::
Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is one of the first specialty hospitals for women and infants. Since opening in 1968, it has welcomed more than 300,000 babies, making it one of the largest delivery services in the country and the largest in Louisiana. In 2018, Woman’s achieved the globally recognized Baby-Friendly designation for its breastfeeding efforts. Woman’s also recently received The Gift (Guided Infant Feeding Techniques) redesignation to improve the health of women and infants by protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in Louisiana. The Gift is designed to increase breastfeeding rates and hospital success by improving the quality of maternity services and enhancing patient-centered care. For more information, visit www.womans.org.