The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust’s maternity services, Cornwall Foundation Trust’s health visiting services and Cornwall Council’s children’s centres have all been awarded UNICEF’s prestigious Baby Friendly Accreditation.
The awards, which include women’s views on services, recognise the work of all three organisations in supporting families and promoting breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding rates upon discharge from hospital in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are high. However, there is a decline in breastfeeding rates in the first two weeks at home so providing continuing support to breastfeeding mothers is essential.
Visit the Real Baby Milk website for information about breastfeeding groups around the county as well as useful information about all things to do with breastfeeding.
Start4Life, Public Health England’s marketing programme that helps parents to be and parents to adopt healthy behaviours, has launched a new Start4Life Breastfeeding Friend that is available as a skill for Amazon’s Alexa voice service. This forms part of a suite of digital services to help mums breastfeed by offering 24/7 support in a friendly and accessible way.
For more information visit nhs.uk/start4life/breastfeeding
Any specific breastfeeding enquiries can also be directed to one of the following infant feeding co-ordinators:
Stephanie Heard - Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust
Helen Shanahan - Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust