design research, soft-good
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends
infants be exclusively breastfed until they are 6 months old and supplement food until the baby is one year old.
Benefits for baby include protection from illness, transfer of nutrients, and less health risks. Benefits for mom include quicker recovery and fewer health risks.
New mothers are more susceptible to certain injuries because of hormonal fluctuations, fluid accumulation, and nerve hypersensitivity.
62% of new moms have Carpal Tunnel compared to 4% of the general population. 90% of people with de Quervain’s are new moms. Symptoms include numbness + tingling.
Attended a breastfeeding class at a local hospital and observed a breastfeeding support group. Interviewed mothers with
a variety of experiences.
My doctor said that this [Carpal Tunnel] is just part of being a new mom. He told me to let it go.
Christy, mom of two. Carpal Tunnel for 6 months
How can design reduce physical pain during breastfeeding while also connecting the dots of the many sequential experiences
that make breastfeeding such a holistic journey?