What is the Life’s Little Treasures Breast Pump Program?
We know first-hand that the stress of having a premature or sick baby can be significant. Having a baby is challenging enough in normal circumstances. More so when things don’t go according to plan. These are the times that families need the most support. For new parents starting and establishing their milk supply, there can be unforseen barriers that can make it difficult—especially for parents with babies in Neonatal Intensive Care units.
Parents of premature and sick babies often need to establish their milk supply using a breast pump whilst in hospital and then at home. If their baby is too unwell or underdeveloped to establish feeding directly at the breast, this can sometimes mean they are expressing milk for weeks, even months if their baby requires a long stay in hospital for medical care.
We are proud to launch our Breast Pump Program, presented by Medela. Thanks to our generous Partner, Medela, we will be gifting Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Pumps to families in NICU who do not have access to a breast pump to help support them in their feeding journey in the NICU and beyond.
“It is a great honour and a pleasure for us to partner with Life’s Little Treasures in their support of parents on their prematurity journey, often a journey they haven’t anticipated. At Medela, we always try to do more as we know that the need is great. This Breast Pump program will ensure parents have access to pumps when they need it most, supporting them in having the best chance in establishing their milk supply during such a difficult time.”
Jarrod Percy, Managing Director, Medela Australia
How does the program work?
Many families need this support. We work closely with the social work team and lactation consultants at our partnering hospitals to ensure our services help families when they need them most. Breast pumps are allocated and distributed through our partnering hospitals to ensure that those that need them most are supported.
If you are a patient at one of our partnering hospitals, please speak to your social worker about the application process.
We are delighted to partner with :
- Monash Children’s Hospital
- Royal Women’s Hospital
- Royal Hobart Hospital
- Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital