Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Web-based Breastfeeding Monitoring in Mothers of Late Preterm Infants"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2011 - DURI
Research area(s):
Lactation Research (Nursing), Computer Science
Project Description:
Background: Late preterm infants (34 to 366/7 weeks) are discharged without successful establishment of lactation. Feeding difficulties are considered the leading causes of morbidities among this population. Purpose: Develop and test the feasibility and acceptability of interactive web-based breastfeeding monitoring tool for mothers of late preterm infants using a breastfeeding diary during the first month after discharge. Methods: A prospective descriptive study using a convenience sample of 15 mother/late preterm infant dyads will be conducted. Before discharge, mothers will be trained to enter breastfeeding data daily and the software will be formatted to alert and give feedback to the mothers in case of breastfeeding problem. A lactation consultant will monitor the diary daily and contact the mother via phone in case of breastfeeding problem. Acceptability will be evaluated through an online survey and telephone interview. Specific aims: 1) Develop an interactive web-based breastfeeding monitoring tool using breastfeeding diary, 2) Establish the feasibility of using the web-based breastfeeding monitoring tool. Dimensions of feasibility include: a) the ability to recruit and retain subjects, b) mothers’ compliance in recording breastfeeding data daily, 3) Establish the acceptability of the web-based breastfeeding monitoring as measured by mothers’ perceived usefulness, potential burden, and rating of user friendliness.
Expected Student Contributions:
Students will help in monitoring the website and updating it with a gradute student, help in data entry and analysis
Related Website(s):
Desired Qualifications:
Human subject training is preferable
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Ahmed, Azza

Student Supervisor

Azza Ahmed
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Mourad Ouzzani
The Cyber Center
Laura Sands