Community health services in Tameside and Glossop have been confirmed among the best in the country for supporting breastfeeding by the United Nations.
UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) has awarded international Baby Friendly accreditation to the local NHS services.
The Baby Friendly Initiative is a global programme which provides a practical and effective way for health services to improve the care provided for all mothers and babies. The award is given to health facilities following an assessment by a UNICEF team.
Sue Ashmore, Baby Friendly Initiative Programme Director for UNICEF UK said; “We are delighted that the health visiting teams and children’s centres have achieved full Baby Friendly status.
“Surveys show us that most mothers want to breastfeed but don’t always get the support they need. Mothers in Tameside and Glossop can be confident that their health visitors and children’s centre workers will provide high standards of care.”
Fiona Munro-Muotune, local infant feeding coordinator for Tameside and Glossop community healthcare services said; "We decided to join UNICEF UK's Baby Friendly initiative to increase breastfeeding rates and improve care for all mothers in Tameside & Glossop.
"Breastfeeding protects babies against a wide range of serious illnesses, including gastroenteritis and respiratory infections in infancy, as well as asthma, heart disease and diabetes in later life. We also know that breastfeeding reduces the mother’s risk of some cancers, although mums might be more interested in hearing that it is easier, cheaper and simply less hassle than bottle feeding.”