There's nothing more exciting than welcoming a new baby into the world. They're cute and they're cuddly and they make everyone smile. But being a new parent is hard. Especially, for young mothers.
You might be prepared for the sleepless nights, the diaper changes and the feeding schedules. But wouldn't it be nice if there was something to make things easier?
Thanks to technology, there is. One app in particular was designed to help new mothers with one of the most critical aspects of the child's health and well-being: breastfeeding.
Researchers have long been saying that breastfeeding your new baby offers numerous health benefits. But this all-natural approach does have its challenges. While breastfeeding, it can be challenging to know that your baby is getting enough milk.
An app called Momsense is changing that. It tracks how much milk your baby is drinking.
The average newborn baby will need to nurse somewhere between eight to 12 times per day. Momsense uses a small round sensor (about the size of a nickel), that is placed beneath one of the infant's ears.
As the baby drinks in the milk, the sensor tracks the number of swallows to monitor how much milk is being consumed. It does this by listening to the sound of the swallow, rather than sensing the jaw movement.
The sensor also has headphones attached, so the mother can listen in if she'd like.
Momsense records all of this data in the associated app, which is a free download for both Apple and Android users. The sensor/headphones cost $89, and they plug into your smartphone through the headphone jack. Unless, of course, you're a new iPhone 7 owner, in which case you'll need to use an adaptor.