So up until post #46:
Given meals: 26
Not given meals: 21
(Some posts counted more than once because of more than 1 stay.)
Not counting hospitals that let you pay for meals.
Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne does. Has a fantastic breastfeeding policy IMO. You get lunch and dinner (I think breakfast is help yourself from the ward kitchen) which you pick up yourself (or get DH to!) from the kitchen. They have a list everyday of the BF mother's and mark you off.
It would be fantastic if all children's hospitals did this. Perhaps you could write a letter of complaint?
That hospital sounds great. I would have thought that all public hospitals would be like this
, especially with the promotion of breastfeeding.
I don't think I'll write a letter of complaint. I wrote a complaint letter about a certain horrible midwife after I had DS at that hospital, and the Complaints Coordinator might be tired of me lol.
My daughter was hospitalised in Canberra last year and I was given breastfeeding meals. I was in the paediatric ward, if that made a difference?
We were in a paediatric ward. Rose Ward, Med 1. There were babies and kids, oldest I saw may have been about 7 years old.
We stayed at Flinders hospital for 3 nights when bub's was 3 months, with RSV leading to pnemonia. They give meals only to b/f mum's of under 6 month old babies. I was provided with cold jug's of water at all times, Lunch and Dinner and access to a tea room for breakfast(Cereal, toast, tea and coffee).
They also had a lovely volunteer, just like the nana in all story book's. She came in each morning and checked that all mum's had eaten and had time for showers etc.
Wow, I was thinking that since hospitals are state run, that the answers here would be state based. I can't believe Flinders is so different. Too bad it's far away from where I am. That is so much help, wish I could have had that. I want a nana-like volunteer lady.
My work provides juice and toast for all parents who stay overnight and full meals (and snacks) for breastfeeding mothers, its VERY dodgy that this isn't universal.
I don't understand why it isn't universal either.
I'll be asking for meals, and be paying for them if I can if DS does have to go back (
ing he doesn't have to). The ward he stayed in did have a parents room that had tea, coffee and toast available. At least a few of my meals consisted of only bread.
If I have any energy at some point I do want to write a letter to someone, other than the Complaints Coordinator at the hospital. Maybe the ABA? Local MP? State government? Not sure who. But if breastfeeding is to be encouraged, I really think that at the very least mothers who are exclusively breastfeeding should be provided with meals.