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Published Online: 11 December 2014

Development and Implementation of a Novel Online Breastfeeding Support Resource: The Maternal Virtual Infant Nutrition Support Clinic

Publication: Breastfeeding Medicine
Volume 9, Issue Number 10

Abstract

Exclusive breastfeeding is the optimal method of infant feeding for the first 6 months of life for both term and preterm infants. This recommendation is based on indisputable evidence that breastfeeding offers numerous infant and maternal health benefits. Several trials have shown the beneficial effect of peer and/or professional support on the duration of any breastfeeding up to 6 months. Although many well-established programs exist that provide this support in-person or via telephone, the Internet is a relatively new means to deliver breastfeeding help. Yet, mothers have a vast presence online and a clear desire to seek healthcare information on the Internet. The availability and accessibility of interactive communication technologies via the internet provide the opportunity for developing new methods of healthcare delivery. Our project uses information technology to deliver an innovative and cost-effective way to support breastfeeding mothers. Our new online breastfeeding support clinic has the potential to improve access to specialized professional breastfeeding support in combination with interactive peer support. This new online clinic can be readily implemented to all regions in Canada with reliable Internet access, with the potential to significantly impact the health of all Canadian infants and their families.

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cover image Breastfeeding Medicine
Breastfeeding Medicine
Volume 9Issue Number 10December 2014
Pages: 520 - 523
PubMed: 25244066

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Published online: 11 December 2014
Published in print: December 2014
Published ahead of print: 22 September 2014

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Nicola Geoghegan-Morphet
Department of Pediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Child Health Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, Canada.
Doris Yuen
Department of Pediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Child Health Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, Canada.
Esther Rai
Department of Pediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Child Health Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, Canada.
Michelle Angelini
Department of Pediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Child Health Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, Canada.
Melissa Christmas
Department of Pediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Child Health Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, Canada.
Orlando da Silva
Department of Pediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Child Health Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, Canada.

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Address correspondence to:Orlando da Silva, MD, MSc, FRCPCChildren's Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre800 Commissioner's Road East, Suite D4-210London, Ontario N6A 5W9, Canada
E-mail: [email protected]

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