Hertfordshire receives prestigious re-accreditation for best breast feeding practice by UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative

Posted: August 6 2019

Hertfordshire receives prestigious re-accreditation for best breast feeding practice by UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative

Both Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust’s (HCT) Health Visiting services and Hertfordshire’s Family Centre Service have just been recognised by the prestigious UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI), as continuing to deliver high standards of care.

Together they are committed to help support families with feeding and developing close, loving relationships, ensuring that all babies get the best possible start in life.

As part of the BFI review mothers were interviewed about the services they receive.

One mother said: ”I cannot fault my health visitor as she gets back to me every time I contact her.” Another stated: ”I cannot tell you how much the support means to me. I recently moved to the area and would be really lost without it.”

This re-accreditation demonstrates the high level of commitment from HCT’s Health Visitors and their Family Centre Service colleagues to support breastfeeding mothers. This same degree of care is provided to parents whatever their choice of infant feeding might be.

Kay Gilmour Deputy General Manager, Children’s’ Universal Services HCT said: “This reaccreditation by Unicef shows our dedication to the health and wellbeing of mums and babies, helping to ensure their close, loving relationship through the promotion of breast and responsive feeding. It is testament to all the hard work being carried out on a daily basis by colleagues from our Health Visiting and Family Centre Service.”

Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention, Tim Hutchings, said: “There is lots of support in Hertfordshire to provide new mums with the help they need to make the right choice for them and their baby. Hertfordshire County Council is thrilled and proud to be delivering and upholding the very high standards of the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative - most importantly its dedication to promoting breast and responsive feeding.”

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