Breast pump gives help to new mums

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

TABLE­LANDS mums and ba­bies will be the big ben­e­fi­cia­ries of a breast pump ma­chine that has been do­nated to the Ma­reeba Hos­pi­tal.

The Ma­reeba Lions and Lioness clubs banded to­gether to buy the ma­chine and do­nated it via the Friends of Ma­reeba Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion.

The ma­chine mim­ics a ba­bies suck­ing pat­tern and is used to help moth­ers who are hav­ing dif­fi­culty breast feed­ing. This is the sec­ond ma­chine that the Ma­reeba Lioness Club have do­nated to the hos­pi­tal in re­cent years.

Lioness pres­i­dent Kathy Garozzo said they were happy to be able to do­nate the ma­chine and help mums in the re­gion.

Child Health Nurse lac­ta­tion con­sul­tant and lioness mem­ber San­dra Wal­lace said it was a won­der­ful ad­di­tion to the com­mu­nity and would be able to help, pro­mote and sup­port breast feed­ing.

“Our hos­pi­tal was re­cently ac­cred­ited as a baby friendly hos­pi­tal for the next three years,” she said.

“The ma­chines are used daily and two out of the four pumps we have are on loan reg­u­larly. There is cur­rently a wait­ing list of mum’s who are wait­ing to use the ma­chines.”

Ma­reeba Lions Club pres­i­dent De­nis McKin­ley said it was great that mum’s from around the re­gion were trav­el­ling to Ma­reeba hos­pi­tal.

“It is good to hear that other mums are com­ing here be­cause of the work they have done to build this sec­tion of the hos­pi­tal,” he said.

The pumps are also used by Ma­reeba Hos­pi­tal mum’s who have re­turned to work and are still breast feed­ing their own ba­bies.

Pic­ture: Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

Ma­reeba Lions Club pres­i­dent De­nis McKin­ley, Ma­reeba Lioness Club pres­i­dent Kathy Garozzo, mem­ber Pauline McKin­ley, Child Health Nurse lac­ta­tion con­sul­tant and lioness memem­ber San­dra Wal­lace and Mid­wifery unit man­ager Michelle Bom­bardieri.

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