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The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility and potential benefits of a mHealth intervention to increase BM pumping frequency and BM production in mothers delivering critically ill infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit
Although compelling evidence exists that breast milk (BM) improves infant health, mothers of critically ill infants frequently produce insufficient amounts BM which is likely due to inadequate daily breast pumping frequency. BM sodium levels are an easy to measure biomarker of pumping frequency and providing this information to mothers via text messaging may increase their pumping frequency and BM production. Therefore, the overall objective of this pilot study is to determine the feasibility and potential benefits of a mHealth intervention to increase BM pumping frequency and BM production in mothers delivering critically ill infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at UF Health. Specific aims include (1) evaluate the feasibility of a mHealth intervention to increase BM pumping frequency and BM production and (2) assess whether results indicate a signal of effectiveness supporting a subsequent adequately powered randomized clinical trial (RCT). Following delivery, 50 mothers of critically ill infants admitted to the NICU will be randomized to one of two groups. The Enhanced Intervention Group will receive text messages including both general lactation information and a personalized message consisting of the mother's BM sodium level, pumping frequency and feedback regarding pumping frequency. The Standard Intervention Group will receive only general lactation information. Results will be used to revise the intervention and study processes and to estimate outcome measurement variability and effect sizes needed for sample size calculations for an adequately powered RCT.
Text message including biomarker of breast pumping adequacy
UF Health Children's Hospital
Not yet recruiting
University of Florida
Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-09-26T05:42:42-0400
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