Friday, June 7, 2013
Wards and departments at Leighton Hospital in Crewe are supporting women in their right to breastfeed, after being awarded the Cherubs Charter.
The Charter is awarded to areas that are breastfeeding-friendly and put in extra effort to make the mother and child feel welcome. Six departments at the hospital, which is run by Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT), were recently assessed for the Charter, with all of them meeting the necessary criteria.
The Antenatal and Postnatal areas of the hospital received the award, as did the Labour Ward, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Paediatric Unit and the Krishnan Chandran Children’s Centre.
In order to receive the Charter, each area had to meet the following standards:
All breastfeeding mothers are made to feel welcome;
Breastfeeding is always accepted and encouraged;
The venue is always clean, warm and comfortable, with comfortable seating areas;
A discreet or comfortable area will be made available for mothers to breastfeed whenever possible; and,
All employees are supportive about breastfeeding.
Colette Palin, Infant Feeding Co-Ordinator at MCHFT, said: “We fully endorse the work of the Cherubs project, and achieving the Charter will help us to further support our breastfeeding mothers to do so in confidence and in comfortable surroundings.
“In addition to the Cherubs Charter, we are also proud recipients of Unicef’s Baby Friendly accreditation. Women who deliver in a Baby Friendly accredited hospital are 10% more likely to initiate breastfeeding, and work is ongoing to progress further within this initiative for the benefit of our patients.”
Pam Cornwall, Head of Midwifery at the Trust, added: “We are very pleased to have been awarded these accreditations. Not only does breastfeeding help build a strong physical and emotional bond between mother and baby, it also provides them both with a number of health benefits.
“Breastfed babies have fewer infections and diseases when young and later in life, whilst breastfeeding is good for mums as it lowers their risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer and naturally uses up to 500 calories each day.”
For further information on the Cherubs Charter, including a list of local organisations supporting the initiative, please visit www.cherubsbreastfeeding.co.uk.
The Baby Friendly Initiative is a worldwide programme of the World Health Organisation and UNICEF established in 1992. Further information is available online at www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly.