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Access, Use, and Preferences for Technology-Based Perinatal and Breastfeeding Support Among Childbearing Women

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We surveyed 146 postpartum women who birthed at 34‐37 6/7 weeks of gestation and intended to breastfeed about their use of and preferences regarding technology to obtain perinatal and breastfeeding support. Most participants owned smartphones and used technology during pregnancy to track pregnancy data, follow fetal development, address pregnancy concerns, and obtain breastfeeding information. Internet, e-mail, apps, and multiplatform resources were the most popular technologies used and preferred. Demographic differences existed in mobile technology access and preferences for different technologies. In terms of technology-based breastfeeding support, women wanted encouragement, anticipatory guidance, and information about milk production. A nuanced understanding of the technology childbearing women use and desire has the potential to impact clinical care and inform perinatal support interventions.
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Keywords: Internet; breastfeeding; perinatal care; pregnancy; technology

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2016

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