Courtesy Purdue University

Today’s nurses may be using outdated materials that keep them from training future moms how to properly breastfeed. But Purdue engineering students are unveiling a device to aid them.

The device uses a plastic baby doll, equipped with sensors, to simulate a newborn. The doll interacts with a model of a female torso and gives feedback to health professionals whether the nipple is placed correctly for the child to nurse.

Breastfeeding Boost Attributed To Affordable Care Act

Mar 29, 2018
Lauren Chapman

An Indiana University researcher says there was a significant increase in the number of children breastfed and the recent study links the increase to the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

Cultural, Economic, Historical Factors Drive Black Breast-Feeding Gap

Sep 7, 2017
Sarah Fentem / Side Effects Public Media

Tahwii Spicer gave birth to her son Reece almost two years ago at home with the help of a midwife. She said almost as soon as he was born, he "army-crawled" up her body to start feeding.

“He was so ravenous!” she said. “He was hungry.

More Indiana Moms Choosing To Nurse Their Babies

Aug 7, 2014
Mothering Touch /

Efforts to get more Indiana mothers to nurse their babies are paying off.

Breastfeeding rates are rising in the United States, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with an estimated 63 percent of moms in Indiana now at least starting with nursing. However, despite the increase, breastfeeding counselor Megan Raymont of Indianapolis said mothers still face challenges nursing in public places.

"I think if it were happening more often, people wouldn't feel awkward," she said. "It's not a sexual act; it's just a mom feeding her baby."