Many mums know establishing breastfeeding can be tricky, but high-tech help is on the way.
A Melbourne mum of three is one of five people taking part in a world-first trial using Google Glass, the much-hyped ‘wearable computer’. In the six-week Google Glass Breastfeeding Trials, Sarah Bailey has been using an app through the titanium-framed glasses to make secure video calls to lactation counsellors.
Ms Bailey said the #throughglass app – which makes the most of the hands-free and voice-controlled technology – has been “really beneficial”. “I just got out of hospital and the counsellor was able to watch me, give me one little tip and changed the way little Patrick was feeding,” she told Leader Community Newspapers.
The app allows mums to see step-by-step tutorials and, through video calls, get instant tips from lactation counsellors, who can identify issues through the glass’s camera.
The trial, a collaboration between Small World Social and the Australian Breastfeeding Association, finished on April 13.
I spent a small fortune on lactation consultants with my firstborn – I would have jumped at the chance to use this app. How about you – did you have breastfeeding challenges? Would this app have helped you?
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