Technology to support lactation in mothers with babies in NICU

Organisation : NHS Lothian
Grant Amount : £ 72,000

Breast milk is the optimal nutrition for newborn babies and in particular those with ongoing health needs, Many women whose babies are hospitalised in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) choose to express breast milk for their babies, yet ill-health, fatigue and emotional distress are powerful inhibitors of milk production. Visual imagery techniques are tools for altering one’s mental state, self-image and behaviour and may produce positive results. There are no clinical trials using imagery or mobile technologies in initiation and maintenance of lactation but these techniques are used extensively in sports psychology with reported success. The benefits are signifigant and captured later in the document.