Breast Pump Loan Service launched for mums of premature babies born at North Manchester General Hospital
Having breast pumps to loan to parents is one of the ways staff on the Neonatal Unit at North Manchester General Hospital are helping mums to breastfeed.
The pumps can be loaned free of charge while their baby is an inpatient, helping mums to sustain and maintain a good milk supply while they are away from their baby and until their baby can feed directly from the breast.
The hospital is run by North Manchester Care Organisation - one of four Care Organisations run by the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA), which brings together the Salford Royal and Pennine Acute trusts.
Knitted bonding squares are also used to help bonding between mum and baby. Each keep a square close to them and exchange at regular intervals. This can help mums to feel that their baby is near them when they express at home between visits to baby in hospital, and baby can smell mum.
Staff across the Maternity Department are also trained in helping mums with breastfeeding and expressing, and an infant feeding team is available for advice.
Anne Harrop, Neonatal Lead Nurse, said: “Breastfeeding gives babies the nutrients they need for healthy development and can help to prevent common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea, coughs, colds, asthma and eczema.
“For premature babies breast milk is extremely important as it is easily digested and can help protect the bowel. We have identified nurses on the unit who take a lead in this important aspect of care – they are our breast feeding ambassadors, and all staff are trained in breastfeeding and supporting parents.”