Breast Pump Rentals Now Available at Franklin Memorial Hospital
Hospital expands support it offers to new mothers
March 23, 2011
The Thorndike family from Strong was the first family to rent the new breast pumps. From left: Austin, Alicia, Christina, and Cadence Thorndike, along with with nurse Margaret Mitchell, RN, CLC.
The Franklin Memorial Hospital Maternal and Child Health Unit is expanding the support it offers new mothers with the availability of Medela Symphony breast pump rentals.
“According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), human milk is uniquely superior for infant feeding and is the preferred feeding for all infants,” said MaryAnne Goodwin, FMH Maternal and Child Health director. “We—along with the AAP—support exclusive breast milk for the first six months of life and continued breast feeding for at least 12 months and after, for as long as is mutually desired.”
Recently, Franklin Memorial Hospital achieved the 2010 Healthy People goal of a 75 percent breast feeding initiation rate among new mothers and is ranked the sixth highest in Maine, out of the 33 hospitals that deliver babies. “This is data we are proud of and as providers we want to do everything we can to support that breast feeding continues,” she added. That support includes 13 lactation consultants on staff who are available to help mothers establish nursing patterns, answer concerns about breastfeeding challenges, and provide reassurance from initiation through the duration of the breastfeeding period.
According to Goodwin, Franklin Memorial Hospital is the only business in the community that provides this service. Anyone interested in renting the pumps can call 779-2295, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rental rates are $50 per month.
The FMH Maternal Child Health Unit is staffed with professional registered nurses. Patient satisfaction survey results for the unit are repeatedly at 95 percent for outstanding service.
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