UNICEF honours breastfeeding service

UNICEF honours breastfeeding service
09 April 2013

Health visitors from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, who run a breastfeeding advisory service, have been praised by global health organisation UNICEF.

The service gives advice and support to pregnant women and new mums about the health benefits of breastfeeding.

After a lengthy inspection process conducted by officials from UNICEF, breastfeeding services in Peterborough, including the one run by CPFT, have now been awarded full accreditation to UNICEF’s Baby Friendly Initiative. The application process was originally led by NHS Peterborough, which commissioned a number of breast feeding advisory services including the one run by CPFT.

The rigorous accreditation process ensures that the care given to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers and babies, is of a high standard.

 Angela Rees, CPFT Service Manager said: “This is a huge achievement and we would like to thank all of our team who have worked tirelessly to support breastfeeding mothers and their families in Peterborough.
"We are very proud of the significant part we have played in breastfeeding services gaining full accreditation.”

An organisation must undertake three main assessment stages before being awarded full UNICEF accreditation:

• Stage One – All health staff receive specialist UNICEF training
• Stage Two – Staff are thoroughly tested on their knowledge by UNICEF examiners
• Stage Three – Mothers are interviewed about the information given by health staff

The programme was established in 1992 to encourage hospitals to help mothers to breastfeed.  The project also assists with sustaining breastfeeding in the community through the work of health visitors.

For more information please contact:
Andrea Grosbois
Communications Manager
E andrea.grosbois@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726760 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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