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Modesty and Security: Attributes Associated With Comfort and Willingness to Engage in Telelactation

Version 1 : Received: 10 December 2020 / Approved: 11 December 2020 / Online: 11 December 2020 (16:09:48 CET)

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Louis-Jacques, A.F.; Schafer, E.J.; Livingston, T.A.; Logan, R.G.; Marhefka, S.L. Modesty and Security: Attributes Associated with Comfort and Willingness to Engage in Telelactation. Children 2021, 8, 271. Louis-Jacques, A.F.; Schafer, E.J.; Livingston, T.A.; Logan, R.G.; Marhefka, S.L. Modesty and Security: Attributes Associated with Comfort and Willingness to Engage in Telelactation. Children 2021, 8, 271.

Journal reference: Children 2021, 8, 271
DOI: 10.3390/children8040271

Abstract

The objectives were to identify conditions under which mothers may be willing to use telelactation and explore associations between participant characteristics, willingness, and beliefs regarding telelactation use. Mothers 2-8 weeks postpartum were recruited from two Florida maternal care sites and surveyed to assess demographics, breastfeeding initiation, and potential telelactation use. Analyses included descriptive statistics and logistic regression models. Of the 88 participants, most were white, married, earned less than $50,000 per year, had access to technology, and were willing to use telelactation if it was free (80.7%) or over a secure server (63.6%). Fifty-six percent were willing to use telelactation if it involved feeding the baby without a cover, but only 45.5% were willing if their nipples may be seen. Those with higher odds of willingness to use telelaction under these modesty conditions were experienced using videochat, white, married, and of higher income. Mothers with security concerns had six times the odds of being uncomfortable with telelactation compared to mothers without concerns. While telelactation can improve access to critical services, willingness to use telelactation may depend on conditions of use and sociodemographics. During the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, these findings offer important insights for lactation professionals implementing virtual consultations.

Keywords

breastfeeding; telemedicine; lactation support; telelactation; COVID-19

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