Knitted breasts donated to neonatal unit

Knitted breasts donated to neonatal unit (Thinkstock)

When we think of babies and knitting, most of us would probably picture tiny booties, bonnets or cardigans, but this isn't the only way you can benefit newborns.

Volunteers in Norfolk have been hard at work knitting 100 breasts for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH).

Sandra Hunter and Cheryl Staff were keen to help out the centre and thanks to their knitted knockers new mums will be able to get hands on lessons in breastfeeding, Norfolk Eastern Daily Press reports.

Ms Hunter told the newspaper: "I rang Norfolk and Norwich Hospital to see if they would like me to knit any baby clothes for them but instead they asked me to knit breasts."

She admitted that the idea was funny at first, but added that "the knitted breasts make it easier for the hospital to demonstrate breastfeeding," meaning they've got a great practical use.

With 350 hospital staff there trained in breastfeeding management, NNUH infant feeding co-ordinators Luisa Lyons and Katie Phillips said they were seeing "fantastic" improvements in the care given to new families, partly thanks to these new tools.

"We are very grateful for this kind of donation, and have been amazed by the generous response to our appeal for knitted breasts," they said.

The pair went on to explain that when newborn babies are premature or ill breast milk is even more important, meaning first time mums have to quickly get to grips with breastfeeding.

Wool has been sent in to the knitters so that they can carry on crafting more knitted breasts for the hospital, as well as sewing memory bags to stick on the newborn's cots down at the unit.

If you've got a bit of time on your hands and are keen to put your skills to good use then why not ring up your local hospital to find out whether you can help.

Newborn baby units welcome handmade clothing, especially for premature babies who might not fit into standard-sized garments.

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