OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital Expands Lactation Services to support mothers as well as newborns and infants.
Services include outpatient lactation services as well as becoming an OhioHealth mothers milk drop off location. The hospital celebrated the expansion of these services with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.
“Mansfield Hospital Maternity Care offers a superior level of care for fragile mothers and newborns. We are fortunate to have a six-year partnership with Nationwide Children’s Pediatric Hospitals, who care for children, including newborns, at Mansfield Hospital. Additionally, we also have the only Level 2 special care nursery in the region for newborns with additional needs,” said Kelly Payne, administrative nurse in charge of the mother-child/special care nursery at the hospital. Mansfield.
“Now we are expanding our support to breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding mothers, so newborns and infants can get the nourishment they need,” she said.
Hospital spokeswoman Christina Thompson said Mansfield Hospital has inpatient breastfeeding services as well as the Lactation Club, which is a support group offering breastfeeding mothers the opportunity to share their experiences. with each other.
Ambulatory services, lactation consultant available
Outpatient lactation services will be available for mothers who experience difficulties with attachment, milk quantity, sore nipples, or the newborn or infant’s inability to gain weight. The lactation consultant can also help with positioning techniques. Moms can call 419-526-8055 for an appointment.
The OhioHealth Mother’s Milk Bank recently established Mansfield Hospital as a mother’s milk drop-off location. The new milk collection site will collect breast milk donations from healthy lactating women. Interested donors are encouraged to call 614-566-0630 to arrange a screening phone interview.
Mansfield Hospital will store breast milk from eligible donors until it can be transferred to the Columbus Milk Bank for processing. Donated milk could be distributed across North America to help babies, and Mansfield Hospital will be one of the places to receive pasteurized human milk for infants, whose mothers are unable to provide milk. A doctor’s prescription is required for a newborn or infant to receive donated milk.
1 ounce of breast milk can feed a premature baby for 3 days
“We’re thrilled to open this new drop of milk to make donating even easier,” said Chris Smith, Outreach Coordinator and Lactation Consultant, OhioHealth Mothers’ Make Bank. “With this new drop of milk, approved donors in Mansfield and surrounding areas can easily donate their milk. Pasteurized donor milk is liquid gold for babies in need. In 2021 alone, OhioHealth’s Mothers’ Milk Bank distributed nearly 421,107 ounces of milk nationwide, or 3,289 gallons. Just one ounce can feed a premature baby for three days, so every little bit counts. »
The Mansfield Hospital Special Care Nursery team cares for newborns from the age of 32 weeks, allowing most newborns born at Mansfield Hospital to stay close to home them. Newborns who need a neonatal intensive care unit will be transferred to a children’s hospital. Once the newborn no longer requires this level of care, the child can come to the special care nursery at Mansfield Hospital to complete their care closer to home.
OhioHealth Mothers’ Milk Bank is one of 29 milk banks in North America – 26 in the United States and three in Canada. To become a breastmilk donor, mothers must participate in a screening process to ensure milk quality and safety. This process includes telephone screening to verify eligibility, completion of a medical history and lifestyle review, a signed medical release from the donor and physician, and consent to undergo a blood test to test for HIV, HTLV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and syphilis. .