It makes me quite angry, it's appalling. I have attended the breast clinic at The Western myself and wouldn't exactly rave about the excellent service I received. They were not at all supportive of breast feeding and wanted to know why when I had repeated mastitis (for which i was referred) I didn't just stop breast feeding and the consultant couldn't have seemed more surprised when I said I planned to BF for a minimum of two years.
My own experience aside, if a woman has mastitis then it's not doing her health any good to stop feeding her baby suddenly. It's shocking that they don't have provision for these cases as most mastitis cases are in breast feeding mothers.
That is very sad and as Midori said, counter advice to keep milk flowing.
I can't believe women are routinely put in this position. Complain, complain complain! As she's gone to the press, presumably she intends to! I wonder how long she's admitted for?
I wonder what other hospital's policies are? If there are ones which allow it I think I'd have tried to refuse treatment till I was transferred to one that would allow my baby with me, but you can be really ill with infection and maybe not in a position to fight?
Shocking that the breast clinic aren't more supportive of their functionality!
I'm going to keep an eye out for any follow up but as a HCP in the city I definitely want to know why a baby can't room in with her mother who is breast feeding.
I worked in a hospital in a different region several years ago and we admitted a mum with a 9 week old, she had a fever and headaches. She was admitted to a side room in the general medical ward (not maternity) and we borrowed a cot, blankets, baby bath etc and the dad also stayed overnight to help. Basically they bent over backwards to keep them together.