Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"The Effect of Interactive Web-based Breastfeeding Monitoring on Breastfeeding Outcomes"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2013 - DURI
Research area(s):
Nursing, Computer Sceince, Breastfeeding
Project Description:
The goal of this project is to promote maternal/child health through supporting and promoting breastfeeding. The specific aim is to test the effect of using interactive web-based breastfeeding monitoring system (LACTOR) on breastfeeding duration and exclusivity. To test this intervention, we will conduct a two-group, repeated-measures randomized control trial. The study will be conducted in mother/baby units in two Midwestern hospitals. Usual Care Group: Mothers assigned to this group will follow the usual care of the unit, which consists of breastfeeding support and education before discharge and one phone call within 2 days after discharge in both hospitals. LACTOR Group: Mothers assigned to this group will get the same support and education prior to discharge as the Usual Care Group. Additionally, the lactation consultant and graduate student (research assistant) will invite mothers to use the LACTOR system before hospital discharge. Mothers will be asked to enter their breastfeeding data and infant output and problems to the system for 30 days. The system will send notification feedback with simple interventions for mothers in case of infant’s inability to latch, difficulty in waking up for feeding, jaundice, mothers’ sore nipples, engorgement or insufficient feeding (less than 6 times per day). The system will also alert the lactation consultant/research assistant about mothers’ problems. Mothers will submit online follow up survey every month for three months after hospital discharge.
Expected Student Contributions:
The student will help in monitoring mothers' data online, follow up with the survey, download surveys results, and help in data analysis.
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Desired Qualifications:
Human Subject training (CITI Certificate). The student can complete it before starting working with data.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Ahmed, Azza

Student Supervisor

Azza H. Ahmed
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Kinga Szucs
Indiana University School of Medicine
Ali Roumani
Bindley Bioscience Center