Two companies have partnered with Grady Memorial Hospital to provide breast pumps for inmates at the DeKalb Detention Center.

Aeroflow has partnerned with breast pump manufacturer Ameda Inc. and Grady Memorial Hospital to provide breast pump kits to new mothers for use during their time at DeKalb Detention Center. The Ameda breast pump kit allows for several women to utilize a breast pump to sustain their health, as well as their baby’s, during their time at the center.

Most of the women who will receive support are in the center for short periods of time. The breast pump program gives mothers the opportunity to initiate and maintain lactation so that they can continue to feed their baby breast milk once reunited at home, and also helps mom and baby develop a bond through mother’s milk that they might have missed out on while separated, stated a news release.

“Many women at the center believe they are not allowed to breastfeed, even in the hospital, but I encourage them to consider doing so – even if it’s only for a short period of time,” said Kelly Webb, RN, IBCLC, RLC, and Lactation Program Coordinator at Grady Memorial Hospital. “Access to a breast pump allows a new mother to maintain supply and remain emotionally connected to her infant.”

Generally, inmates are allowed to express and discard their milk using a manual breast pump in their cells to maintain supply and relieve engorgement. The provision of a reliable and efficient double electric breast pump will mean fewer visits to the doctor for moms who suffer from common issues like mastitis and engorgement.

The Ameda breast pump kit offers a clean, reliable pumping option with its hygienic closed system and backflow protection. Moms can use the electric pumps as needed, and, if they become engorged, the facility will have the appropriate equipment to manage symptoms and prevent additional complications without the lengthy delay of transfer back to Grady Memorial Hospital. To ensure women have access to this resource, Ameda plans to continue their support in the future.

“I see the anxiety and pain these women suffer when they return to jail without their baby. I encourage them to remain present with their child for every hour they have together and to focus on getting home and staying home. I’m grateful to have the ongoing support of DeKalb, and I hope to see this program grow within the facility and be initiated in others like it over the next few years,” said Webb.

Creating and sticking to a breastfeeding schedule allows a new mother to bond with her child and benefits the health of both mom and baby. The antibodies in breast milk protect babies from illness, as the milk naturally adapts to meet an infant’s specific needs. Additionally, mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. Having access to a breast pump while at the center will allow women to maintain a breast pumping schedule and prepare for breastfeeding their baby, stated a news release.

Aeroflow Breastpumps, a subsidiary of Aeroflow Healthcare, is a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider specializing in helping pregnant and nursing women qualify for their breast pump through their insurance and the Affordable Care Act.

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