"Same issue, multiple times"
About: Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Subiaco 6008 St John of God Murdoch Hospital St John of God Murdoch Hospital Murdoch 6150 St John of God Subiaco Hospital St John of God Subiaco Hospital Subiaco 6008
Posted by more awareness needed (as ),
My child is 10 months old, and we've also stayed at several hospitals including Princess Margaret, St John of God Subiaco and SJOG Murdoch on our journey, with the same issue that needs airing. My child has Cows Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) and is allergic to soy, and is breastfed (because they can't have formula). Breastfeeding mothers need 4 meals a day, and with lots of protein and good food. When Bub is sick, they won't eat solids, so breast milk is all they consume. If mum doesn't eat properly it will affect the milk supply, and therefore bub's health and well-being. I always find it hard to get hearty meals in hospitals, and particularly where Bub (and I - because they react through breast milk) can't eat dairy or soy. I received Weet Bix for breakfast with lactose-free dairy milk, which I couldn't drink as it is still dairy. There also needs to be more understanding in hospital catering departments of both CMPA, and the general dietary needs of breastfeeding mums. Oats would be fantastic for breakfast, or eggs, along with other main meals that are quite substantial.
In this hospital, parents are provided with breakfast, and can request one meal voucher per day to use at the hospital café. The nurses on the ward told me the hospital café would not be able to provide any special allergy meals for me. So I walked the 2.5km round trip to the local shops every lunch and dinner. On our fourth day, I went to the hospital café, where they told me they could order in special allergy meals from an external provider, and I would need to arrange this first with the ward nurses. However, the ward nurses didn't know about this.