Posted: Tuesday 19th June 2018
We support the Unicef baby friendly initiative which promotes responsive feeding for bottle and breast feeding and this National Breastfeeding Week (20 – 26 June) we reflect back on all the good work done in Hertfordshire to support mums.
Hertfordshire Children’s Centres are now fully Unicef UK Baby Friendly accredited and mums can get support or be signposted to other support via their children’s centres who all welcome breastfeeding. There are support groups around Hertfordshire to help you with feeding your baby, whether you're breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. Health visitors are also available to provide advice and support for all mothers, whatever they choose to do.
Unicef and the World Health Organisation recommend exclusive breastfeeding up to six months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond. Breastfeeding has significant health benefits for both mum and baby, including a lower risk of stomach and respiratory infections and allergies for babies as well as a reduced risk of obesity and diabetes for both mum and baby.
After accessing breastfeeding support at their local children’s centre’s really positive feedback is often given, including a mum who said ‘the breastfeeding support group had a really welcoming and reassuring atmosphere, the encouragement and support provided makes me feel really positive’.
Mums who haven’t been able to breastfeed before and were anxious about a current pregnancy have found that the support is invaluable.
Other feedback from parents included:
• ‘I am now very happy to breastfeed comfortably Glad I attended breastfeeding support as I wasn’t sure in myself’.
• ‘Thanks to the reassurance I received, I have continued to breastfeed, the help available was just what I needed and I know where to go for additional support and help if needed’.
• ‘The support at the centre has been fantastic and has helped me with other feeding issues and to be more confident’.
• ‘Very grateful for what they have, found everything we've needed through the children's centre’.
Hertfordshire Children’s Centres will be celebrating breastfeeding celebration week with a range of events occurring across the county. Information on the events can be found on our website www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/breastfeeding