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  • App gives new parents the ‘best’ start in caring for their newborn
    Published May 26, 2016

    The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) is proud to introduce Best Feeding – an app to help new parents in the care and feeding of their baby.

    Created through a partnership with Centennial College, Best Feeding offers several interactive features, including timers for women to log their baby’s feedings on each breast, as well as a log that tracks the duration and amount of breast milk each time a mother pumps her breasts. Parents can also log the number of wet and dirty diapers their baby has each day. In addition, a ‘search’ feature provides the name and location of breastfeeding clinics in Toronto.

    Best Feeding also offers information on many common topics related to the health of babies and mothers.

    “The Best Feeding app is meant to provide an additional level of support for parents as they adjust to life with their new baby, and truly complements the wide variety of services already available at TSH,” said Barb Scott, Patient Care Director of the Maternal Newborn and Child Care program at TSH.

    For obstetrical patients, these services include pre-natal classes to learn about labour and the postpartum period, an early pregnancy assessment clinic, midwifery and doula services, water births, and umbilical cord banking. The hospital also offers pre-natal breastfeeding classes, a lactation consultant for inpatients, and walk-in breastfeeding clinics at each campus.

    Paediatric services include Neonatal Intensive Care Units, a child development program, as well as a paediatric day clinic and day surgery, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology.

    The idea for Best Feeding originated at a two-day ‘hackathon’ organized by Centennial College’s Wearable, Interactive, and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Health (WIMTACH), where Software Engineering Technology/Technician students were challenged to create apps that could provide low-cost health care solutions.

    The Best Feeding app is available to download for free to Android devices in the Google Play Store, and will be available for Apple devices in the near future.

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