Breast pump gives help to new mums
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.
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.