Support to promote breastfeeding among families with young children across Derbyshire has been recognised with a national Unicef Baby-Friendly Stage 2 accreditation.
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust and Derbyshire County Council have worked in partnership to achieve accreditation for the breastfeeding support provided in the county’s 54 children’s centres.
Lesley Wakefield, senior public health manager for Derbyshire, said: “Children’s centre staff and health visiting teams have been working closely together to ensure that their environments are breastfeeding friendly and welcoming.
“This award is a real credit to the dedication and joint working of the staff involved from our health teams and the children’s centres.”
Staff received additional training to support mothers in their choice to breastfeed, with many health staff achieving high marks in random knowledge tests by Unicef.
Evidence shows that breastfeeding has significant health benefits for mothers and babies.
Lesley added: “It is the only natural food designed for babies, it can protect them against infections and diseases, it’s available whenever it’s needed and it is free. Most people are unaware that breastfeeding lowers mums risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer and naturally uses up to 500 calories a day.”
For information on local support groups go to www.breastfeedingderbys.co.uk/