A Study of the FamilyLink Videoconferencing System and Breastfeeding

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Age: -1 years or older
Healthy Volunteers: Yes
Keywords: breastfeeding, expressing breast milk, pumping, pumping breast milk
Type: Behavioral study
30 Participants
This research study will determine whether viewing your baby while pumping changes the amount and/or content of your breastmilk. We also want to learn if viewing your baby changes your experience with pumping. You are invited to be in this study because you are a mother of a patient in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) who is currently pumping breastmilk.

FamilyLink is a videoconferencing software used to view your baby remotely.

Participation in this study will involve three sessions pumping breastmilk while using FamilyLink. Three sessions will be done without using FamilyLink.

After each session you will complete a short survey and bring your pumped milk into the NICU. Which sessions you use FamilyLink for will be randomly assigned.
This study requires

If you take part in this research, you will be responsible for: - completing a baseline survey - completing brief surveys after six of your pumping sessions

The pumping sessions will occur over two days, three using FamilyLink and three not using FamilyLink.

We will ask you to bring the completed surveys and the pumped milk into the NICU. Study staff will remove 5 mL of milk from what was pumped during two of the session (10 mL of your milk total) to be stored and analyzed at a later date. The remaining milk you may give to your baby as usual.

Who can participate

Inclusion criteria:

  • Mothers of 30 preterm infants (born before 37 weeks gestational age) admitted to the University of California, Davis neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • Mother is pumping breastmilk

Exclusion criteria:

  • Mother has HIV
  • Mother without access to a computer, smartphone, or tablet to access FamilyLink
  • Infant delivered via surrogacy
Benefits and risks of participating

We cannot promise any benefits to you as a result of taking part in this research study.


The study doctor will discuss the risks associated with taking part in this research study.
You will not be paid to take part in this research study.
Study duration and period
Your participation in this research will involve six pumping sessions over two days.
Recruitment period
From Jan. 29, 2019
UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95817
Hadley Sauers-Ford
Research Topic
  • Breastfeeding

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