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New mums “turning to the internet”

Mums with new babies are said to be turning to the internet for support instead of talking to family and friends.

A new generation of parents are heading online to chat to other mothers in baby forums to discuss problems, worries and to get advice.

It is thought that the increase in new mums surfing the world wide web is much to do with convenience - as it means they can "meet friends" while still being at home with the baby.

But concerns have been raised that women are getting advice from unreliable sources – with some even seeking medical advice, rather than approaching their GP.

A recent survey by baby food company Hipp, found that one in five of the new mothers asked logged on to pregnancy forums and chatrooms at night when they could not contact their family and friends.

Meanwhile, nearly half were more likely to log on to their computer than call someone close to them for a chat.

Eileen Hayes, of the magazine Your Family, said: "Mums today face a lot of different pressures that their own mums may never have had to worry about.

"The advantage of online forums is that they allow them access to in-house weaning experts, something that would have been impossible a generation ago."

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3rd October 2007, 17:55
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