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, or can eliminate a mother's ability to immediately breast feed her baby as normal.
NICU babies often rely on nutrition through an IV (intravenous) line, or a feeding tube to get the calories they need to grow. 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 to feed from the breast or a bottle.
The MOM Project does not pressure mothers into breastfeeding, we simply provide her the opportunity without jeopardizing 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, and refer them directly to our program. 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 for 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 attachments for 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 breast milk can travel 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.