In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week 2022, HMRI and NEW1000 Lactation Consultant Susanna Scurry helped launch a Breastfeeding Exhibition at the John Hunter Hospital.
Susanna was one of the speakers at a breastfeeding exhibition launch that coincided with the first day of World Breastfeeding Week, Monday 1 August, 2022.
The exhibition was the brainchild of Alison Beverley, a midwife from Hunter New England Health, alongside a team she created for the project. Two years in the making, the new exhibition is currently housed on Level 3 of John Hunter Hospital near the delivery suites. It features a range of black and white photos of breastfeeding mothers and children of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
The women were approached to take the photos and the final exhibition was selected by a panel from John Hunter Hospital. The intention is that it will be a roving exhibition within the Hunter New England Health area.
The exhibition launch event, held in the Royal Newcastle Theatre at John Hunter, was attended by over 100 parents and children.
HMRI’s Susanna Scurry spoke about the work she is doing with the mothers in the NEW1000 Program, as well as some of the early findings.
The women in Susanna’s randomised control group have access to home visits, text message support, a special mother’s group hosted at Susanna’s house, as well as access to the John Hunter Breastfeeding Clinic.
Of the NEW1000 study, Susanna says, “We’re still collecting data but it’s been very positive so far. We have succeeded in reducing admissions for mastitis and there’s been a secondary benefit in the sense that we are picking up things like fibrous breast lumps and retained products because of the extra care.”
Susanna will ultimately work with 60 women; so far she has worked with 40 and has 20 more to go before the data can be collated. She says that the results from her part of the study will be available in approximately eight months’ time.