In 2017, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) announced annual funding in Ontario to improve access to breast pumps for mothers of premature babies born at less than 34 weeks gestation age. Michael Garron Hospital is leading the Pumps for Preemies Program for Ontario with shared partnership support from the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health (PCMCH) and the Baby-Friendly Initiative Strategy for Ontario (BFI).
The goal of this program is to provide a breast pump loaning model to Ontario hospitals to ensure all mothers of babies born at less than 34 weeks of gestation will have access to a free hospital-grade breast pump and kit for at-home use until their baby is discharged home.
- Evidence based resources, including those listed below are available at Breastfeeding Resources Ontario:
- MOHLTC 2017 Budget Announcement - Improving Maternal Care
Pumps for Preemies Team:
- Linda Young is the project lead for the Pumps for Preemies Program. She is responsible for overseeing the overall direction of this project and ensuring that the program maintains its accountabilities to the MOHLTC. Linda has developed her knowledge and expertise with breastfeeding as a clinical nurse specialist at Women’s College Hospital where she focused on enhancing breastfeeding and family centered care. Linda has worked in Director Roles across the GTA for 20 years and has been the Director of Maternal Newborn Child and Mental Health at Michael Garron Hospital for more than five years during which time the hospital became re-designated as a Baby Friendly Hospital. She is also the lead for the BFI Implementation Strategy for Ontario. - Direct Contact (416) 469-6580 ext. 6576 or by email @email
- Yvonne Yu is a project manager for the Pumps for Preemies Project. She is responsible for gathering of information to inform the project including establishing relationships with key stakeholders, leading the design of a model and pilot project including tools for implementation, patient education, creating an evaluation strategy, and developing sustainability measures. She has spent most of her career in neonatal nursing and was a Nurse Educator in a tertiary NICU. - Direct Contact (416) 671-0631 or by email @email
- Carolyn Hay is a project manager for the Pumps for Preemies Project. She is responsible for the gathering of information to help build and create a model for the program that best suits the needs of our Hospitals and Mothers. Carolyn will be establishing relationships with key stakeholders, leading the design of a model and pilot project including tools for implementation, patient education, creating an evaluation strategy, and developing sustainability measures. Carolyn has been working at Michael Garron Hospital for over 10 years as both a Registered Dietitian in the NICU and Paediatrics, as well as Supervisor for Interprofessional Practice. She also works as a Paediatric Dietitian at Boomerang Health, an outpatient clinic powered by the Hospital for Sick Children. - Direct Contact (416) 848-7735 or by email @email
- Elizabeth Brazeau is a Coordinator supporting the Pumps for Preemies Project. She is a seasoned administrative professional who comes from a medico-legal background. She has supported the BFI Strategy for Ontario for the past four years, and coordinated the distribution of preterm resources to Ontario Level II and III hospitals. - Direct Contact (416) 469-6580, ext 3013 or by email @email