Top 10 Websites and Apps for New Families

Top 10 Websites and Apps for New Families

 

Welcome to our colleagues from the Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses (CAPWHN) conference in Regina, SK.

 

New families use technology to meet their learning needs in pregnancy and the newborn period. The following apps and websites contain excellent evidenced based information; you can feel confident recommending them.

 

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Websites:

 

Postpartum Progress

  • Information and support for women with postpartum depression and related illnesses.
  • Katherine Stone, founder and editor, is herself a survivor of Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety and Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
  • Information written in “plain Mama English”.
  • “Warrior Mom” posts. (Stories of mothers who have come through perinatal mood and anxiety disorders).
  • This website is not mobile optimized.
  • 3 recommended articles:

Why Do Women Get Postpartum Depression & Postpartum Anxiety? Risk Factors

The Symptoms of Postpartum Depression & Anxiety (in Plain Mama English)

6 Surprising Symptoms of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

 

 

Breastfeeding Inc.

  • Dr. Jack Newman (pediatrician and breastfeeding advocate) and Edith Kernerman’s (IBCLC) website.
  • Factual breastfeeding information, including strategies for managing common problems.
  • 16 breastfeeding videos.
  • Articles have been translated into 10 different languages. (Not all 40 articles are translated for each language).
  • This website is not mobile optimized.

 

 

Kelly Mom

  • family-320659_640Kelly Bonyata is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
  • Highly respected online by both mothers and health care professionals.
  • Well-written, research-based posts complete with references.
  • A few articles have been translated into Russian, Spanish, Bulgarian and German.
  • She also has a mother-to-mother support group on Facebook.
  • This website is not mobile optimized.

 

La Leche League.org

  • Provides answers to over 150 breastfeeding questions, conveniently grouped by topic. Mother-to-mother forums for problems such as “Breastfeeding Your Premature Baby”, “Increasing Your Milk Supply” and “Working and Breastfeeding”.
  • Information is available in 11 different languages.
  • Women can ask questions online and a trained LLL volunteer will respond within a few days.
  • This website is mobile optimized.

 

Breastfeeding Mama Talk

  • Group of mothers who are passionate about helping other mothers reach their personal breastfeeding goals.
  • Various chat groups on the Facebook page are a great place for women to connect with each other (including teen moms, single moms, those who have lost a baby).

 

Milk Meg

  • pregnant-214522_640Meg is a IBCLC from Australia.
  • Wonderfully supportive posts about breastfeeding and mothering, written in her unique style.
  • Popular posts: “Tattoos and Breastfeeding”, “Ludicrous Arguments about Breastfeeding in Public” and “Please, please mama. Pick up your crying baby”.
  • This website is mobile optimized.

 

CindyandJana.com

  • Written by 2 Registered Nurses / International Board Certified Lactation Consultants.
  • Evidenced-based information about breastfeeding, newborn care and mom’s recovery from childbirth.
  • Answers for New Parents page gives families quick access to the most common questions new parents ask.
  • Designed to follow the Baby Friendly guidelines and the WHO Code.
  • This website is mobile optimized.

 

Apps:

 

Breastfeeding Solutions App

  • Created by Nancy Mohrbacher, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
  • $4.99
  • Available for iPhone and Android.
  • Browse breastfeeding information by topic or via a problem based decision tree.
  • A great pocket guide for mothers or health care professionals who work with breastfeeding families.

 

LactMed App

  • From National Library of Medicine’s Toxicology Data Network.
  • Free app available on iPhone and Android.
  • Information about the use of drugs, herbs or dietary supplements while breastfeeding.
  • Summarizes the effects of the drug on the infant and on lactation; suggests alternate drugs.
  • Excellent resource for health care professionals to have on their phone.

 

NuuNest App

  • Screen Shot 2013-04-19 at 7.51.56 AMCreated by 2 Registered Nurses / International Board Certified Lactation Consultants.
  • Guides parents through the first crucial weeks after childbirth.
  • “All About Mom”: what’s normal after childbirth and when to worry.
  • “All About Baby”: includes sections on cord care, newborn jaundice, vitamin D, a baby bath video and FAQ.
  • Information for making an informed infant feeding decision.
  • Everything parents need to know about milk expression, baby’s feeds, weight and diapers (photos included!).
  • 454 tips delivered according to the baby’s age.
  • Tracking of feeds, wet and dirty diapers and weight is available.
  • $2.99 for iPhone and iPad.

 

What are your favorite websites and apps?

 


 

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About the authors:

Cindy and Jana are Registered Nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have assisted over 20,000 families.

Download their app NuuNest – Newborn Nurse Answers and Baby Tracking for expert guidance through the first crucial weeks after childbirth.

 

 

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