GULFPORT — Medela has chosen neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) for their breastmilk programs, helping to improve infant health by facilitating and increasing human milk consumption in the NICU.
Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, took first place winner. Memorial Hospital will receive $10,000 in Medela NICU products.
Medela wrote: “Mississippi has the highest rate of premature births in the United States and the lowest breastfeeding rate. To overcome these statistics, Memorial Hospital set a goal to increase the number of women who breastfed, particularly the mothers of infants in the NICU…
“Exclusive breastfeeding rates increased from one percent in December 2009 to as high as 67 percent in January 2013. The number of NICU infants receiving human milk increased from 38 percent to 80 percent the following year. The rate of NEC decreased from 7 cases in 2010 to only one in 2011.
Medela provides breastpumps and breastfeeding accessories to nursing mothers around the world. Its U.S. headquarters are in McHenry, Ill.