Text technology to assist new mums
YOUNG mum Sarah Discher said the idea to offer new mums breastfeeding support via text messages would be a terrific way to deal with a “very emotional situation”.
New mums in Gympie have the chance to be part of a world-first trial conducted by the Queensland University of Technology, aimed at increasing the breastfeeding rates among new mums.
After working through her own breastfeeding difficulties, Mrs Discher’s second child is enjoying all the nutritional and bonding benefits of being fed breast milk.
She said many mothers with breastfeeding problems would find it difficult to ask for help.
“Picking up the phone to make a call when in an emotional situation is sometimes difficult,” Mrs Discher told The Gympie Times.
“Texting for helpful advice and support would be a lot easier.”
The trial, led by Dr Danielle Gallegos from QUT’s School of Public Health, is the first of its kind to use SMS to provide support for breastfeeding mums.
“The text messages would work by providing a direct link with breastfeeding women,” Dr Gallegos said.
“For example if a mum responds to a text message indicating she is struggling with breastfeeding, she would be sent an encouraging response along with hints on how to get through the difficult times. She will also be able to access two phone hotlines specifically aimed at helping women cope with breastfeeding.”
A study has revealed many women found breastfeeding difficult in the first few months and would be interested in receiving text messages, especially if these were linked to a resource where they could access further information.
To be involved in the study, which will offer breastfeeding support via SMS messages, women need to have an infant under the age of three months who is currently breastfeeding.
For details visit www.mumbub connect.com.au.