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Sunday, June 7, 2009

For Tech-Savy Mommas

The Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition has developed Breastfeeding Management, a reference for supporting breastfeeding mothers, available for download to your iPhone, iTouch and Palm OS.
This is great news as it gives easy and ready access to breastfeeding information. Features include: Approach to Early Breastfeeding (an evidence-based algorithm for evaluation and triage of breastfeeding in the first 2 weeks of life); Red Flags (uses the Approach to Early Breastfeeding algorithm to help those patients having difficulty initiating breastfeeding); Online Resources (access frequently asked questions about breastfeeding, even if there's no phone signal) and Medications (a database of safety information on commonly used medications, together with general guidelines on safe prescribing for lactating women and references to review articles. Includes rating information from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Thomas Hale’s Medications and Mothers’ Milk).
The Palm OS version also includes: information on the World Health Organization 10 Steps for Baby Friendly hospitals and the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes; and an article entitled "Making Milk is Easy" (10 steps to make plenty of milk).
I've given up my own Palm handheld. A lot of Filipino moms will welcome this application with the coming of the iPhone in the Philippines. This will be especially helpful not only to breastfeeding counselors but also to new breastfeeding moms. Hmm.. maybe it's time for me to go back to using a PDA :D

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