As we hit the middle of National Breastfeeding Month, we thought it fitting to pull together a list of useful apps that will help you nursing moms keep track of those feedings, after feedings (after feedings). Ah yes, I remember those days very well.
There were days when all I felt I did was nurse. I just wish I had any of these four nursing apps to help me back in the day. It would’ve given me something to look at during all the hours I was bound to that armchair. -Jeana
Out and about and need to find a nursing spot in a hurry? The Speedy Tot app (shown left) helps you locate places that are near you that offer nursing-friendly places, high chairs and even changing stations. The links to a street map will get you there in a jiffy so you can feed that
hungry baby. (iOS, $1.99)
The Eat Sleep app tracks those three major activities that consume a baby’s (and your) life–eating, sleeping (obviously), and diapers. The one-tap interface makes it super easy to keep track of which side your baby last nursed on and pressing start automatically logs in the most recent feeding for easy tracking. (iOS, Free)
Baby Tracker Nursing is a simple yet comprehensive nursing-specific app for everything you’ll need for your baby’s feeding schedule. In addition to the clean interface and ease-of-use, there’s a handy built-in stopwatch that helps you keep track of feedings in your sleep-deprived state. (iOS, $4.99)
Android users will benefit from the Breast Feeding Tabulator which covers all the bases like tracking feedings, logging times, and recording which side you last nursed on. If you use it long enough, the app will start mapping out feeding trends and display them in handy graphs which you can study during those long nursing sessions. (Google Play, Free)
I just did in-depth reviews of 4 other breastfeeding apps. Our “must have” features were that it has both Android and iOS apps (since mom and dad use different phones) plus ability to sync feeding and activity data across devices. But, I like how Speedy Tot app “helps you locate places that are near you that offer nursing-friendly places, high chairs and even changing stations.” Very clever and helpful!
If you’re planning to update your list of breastfeeding apps for National Breastfeeding Month 2014, please consider including my new app Breastfeeding Central for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch. https://itunes.apple.com/app/breastfeeding-central/id878663742?mt=8.
Most apps are timers and trackers for feedings that moms use briefly in the beginning. Breastfeeding Central is a breastfeeding guide from pregnancy onwards. It puts info and help in the palm of the new mom’s hand when she is too overwhelmed and tired to google for answers. I am a lactation consultant and the app reflects my 25 years of experience helping mothers to breastfeed successfully.
Breastfeeding Central is 5-star rated and has excellent reviews. It includes a worldwide Help Finder and a ‘save to favorites’ feature.
Can you please give the Android alternatives for the speedy to and eat sleep apps?