Southern Health Foundation Trust is proud to be the first community facility in the south east to achieve UNICEF UK's Baby Friendly Initiative Accreditation. This award recognises community facilities who adopt recognised standards of best practice in the care of mothers and babies. We are very pleased that our commitment to supporting mothers to breastfeed has been nationally recognised in this way.
Lynn Timms the Trust's Baby Friendly Lead said; 'we decided to join forces with UNICEF UK's Baby Friendly Initiative to increase breastfeeding rates and improve care for mothers. Breastfeeding protects babies against a wide range of serious illnesses including gastroenteritis, respiratory infections in infancy as well as asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes in later life. We also know that breastfeeding reduces the mother’s risk of some cancers. However a mother chooses to feed her baby, she will be supported to form a strong loving relationship with her newborn, through understanding how her baby communicates with her.’
Achieving the award marks four years of work and commitment but our journey has only just started. We will maintain our commitment to mothers and continue to look at new ways to support and encourage them to breastfeed their babies.
You can find out more about the initiative on the Unicef website.
How we can help
All our Health Visiting, Community Staff Nurse and Community Nursery Nurse Staff have been trained to be able to support women with their breastfeeding.
We also have specific staff in our teams called Breastfeeding Champions who have additional breastfeeding knowledge, skills and expertise. Download our parent's guide to the Community Breastfeeding Policy.
You can also download and read our full infant feeding policy
We work closely with midwives and local breastfeeding organisations to make sure you receive all the information and support you need to successfully breastfeed. Find out what to expect on your breastfeeding journey.
We have lots of advice, information and links for mums-to-be and mums who have had their babies:
We welcome breastfeeding in all our facilities and are working across Hampshire to encourage cafés , restaurants and other public facilities to advertise their Baby Friendly Welcome too.
You can find out more about the Hampshire Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme on their website, and the Eastleigh Borough Council site.