A unique Glasgow service that supports new mums and offers a lifeline to critically ill babies is highlighted to MSP’s at a special parliamentary event.
The service, the first of its kind in Scotland, provides donor breast milk to babies whose mothers are unable to supply their own breast milk. Mothers who give prematurely, have mulitple births or have medical complications often find it difficult to maintain a milk supply for a number of reasons. This can add to an already stressful and emotional time.
Lynsey Jamieson is one such mum. Twins Emma and Ross were born prematurely at 24 weeks at the beginning of the year. Initially, Lynsey did express milk but she increasingly found it difficult. An added pressure was that both babies developed complications withbaby Emma requiring surgery.
Both babies were fed with donor milk during this period and after 17 weeks were allowed home - miraculously only two weeks after their due date.
Lynsey cannot express enough her gratitude for the service and spoke to MSP’s of her experience. She said: “We’ve been able to thank a lot of people who looked after Emma and Ross but due to confidentiality of the milk bank service, we have not been able to thank personally the women who donated milk that Emma in particualr was fortunate to have.
“We are extremely grateful to the service. It makes such a difference to sick babies like Emma.”
Debbie Barnett, Donor Milk Bank Co-ordinator, organised the event at Parliament to highlight what the service offers to women who need support during a very difficult time.
She said: “This service offers an alternative to mums who may have difficulty in expressing their own milk and want to ensure that their ill or preterm infant gets the best possible start in life.
“The service has been running for 32 years but has developed significantly in the last two years, feeding more babies with more milk than ever before since its inception. With funding of £70,000 from Yorkhill Children’s Foundation, the service has, in collaboration with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, developed a milk management system second to none.
The service is now fully established and babies across Greater Glasgow and Clyde continue to be nourished through this project.
“The event at Parliament is to highlight the work the service does in supporting breast milk as the best form of nutrition for all babies.”
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