How it works, and who it serves
Plans to Breastfeed
Our program is a tool for mothers who want to provide breast milk to their baby or plan to breastfeed. An unexpected admission to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) hinders, if not eliminates a mother's ability to immediately breast feed her baby on demand.
NICU babies often rely on nutrition through an IV (intravenous) line, or a feeding tube to get the calories they need to grow- at least for the first few days or weeks of their hospital stay. In the meantime, NICU moms must work hard to establish and maintain their milk supply so they can fulfill their breastfeeding goals when baby is well enough.
The MOM Project does not pressure mothers into breastfeeding. We simply provide the opportunity for a willing mother to provide her breast milk at a cost that does not jeopardize other financial obligations.
Working With The NICU
Like many social support programs, The MOM Project relies on the Social Workers and Lactation Consultants working with families in the NICU. These important health care workers identify families that are in extreme financial need, and cannot otherwise afford a hospital grade breast pump rental. When a family fits the criteria for a MOM Project rental, a referral from the Social Worker or Lactation Consultant is sent to The MOM Project on behalf of the family in need. This ensures that our pumps are being rented to families in the greatest need, which helps us stretch our limited resources!
After giving birth, every NICU mother is given a pumping kit to be used with the pumps at the hospital, and those commonly rented from pharmacies.
The MOM Project uses a different brand of pump from the hospital. It meets the strict standards we've set for hygiene, ease of use, and efficiency. These standards were created in collaboration with hospital Lactation Consultants.
We provide the accessories required to make her hospital pumping kit work with our machines so families do not have to purchase any supplies to use our program.
Each kit includes a pump, the required accessories, an insulated cooler bag and ice pack so she can transport her milk safely from home to the hospital. The mother also receives a directory of breastfeeding clinics and assistance programs in Calgary for support outside the NICU.