Richmond Heights, Missouri 63117

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This project explores whether meditation increases breastmilk supply in mothers who are pumping milk for infants in the NICU. Mothers will be randomly assigned to daily meditation while pumping using an app designed for meditation for new mothers, and their breastmilk volume will be measured after one week of meditation versus a control group with measurements at the same time points. Investigators will also determine whether mediation improves breastfeeding confidence and reduces stress, anxiety and depression symptoms in these mothers. Finally investigators will examine the effect on salivary cortisol levels.


Inclusion Criteria: - 1) Mothers of all ages, including emancipated minors will be included 2) Gestational age at birth of 24 completed weeks to 32 weeks 6 days 3) Mothers of infants admitted to St. Mary's NICU or with transfer or anticipated transfer to Cardinal Glennon NICU 4) Mothers who intend to provide breastmilk to infants for at least 1 month. 5) Recruitment within 24 hours of time of delivery in order to allow for beginning of 24 hour milk collection at 24 hours post delivery Exclusion Criteria: - 1) Mothers of infants expected to be nippling at the breast in less than 10 days 2) Infants for whom discharge is anticipated in less than 10 days 3) Participation in another interventional study at Screening or who plan to participate in another interventional study during the study period 4) Hearing loss that would preclude participation in meditation recordings 5) Inability to come for a midday (between 11am -3pm) visit on day of life #10. 6) Inability or unwillingness to perform the study procedures.



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Richmond Heights, Missouri 63117
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Date Processed: June 24, 2021

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