A human-centered design approach for an unobtrusive breastfeeding parameter assessment device for young infants

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An adequate eating pattern is of great importance for a babies’ health, especially in the first six months after birth. Breastfeeding provides health benefits to the baby such as protection against infections and a reduced chance of allergies. Not all infants can self-regulate the amount of breastfeeding needed. An assessment device can support this process by assessing breastfeeding parameters (such as the volume of the milk drank, the frequency feeding and the drinking speed).

However, current assessment methods of breastfeeding are cumbersome. Existing solutions are obtrusive, inconvenient and often require a lab setting to utilize the device. This research explores concepts that measure one or more of the breastfeeding parameters while meeting unobtrusiveness, mobility and simplicity requirements. A human-centered design approach was used to identify user requirements and technical requirements, that facilitated the creation of concepts (prototypes).

This work demonstrates the potential of several concepts in their ability to function as a breastfeeding assessment device. Proof of concepts were built to evaluate on the aforementioned requirements. Several concepts show promising results. Research prototypes will now be created and applied in a pilot study setting with the target group.
Period13 May 2022
Event titleSupporting Health by Technology 2022
Event typeConference
LocationGroningen, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational