MUMS at Leighton Hospital will benefit from specialist advice and information about breastfeeding their baby.
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed its first infant feeding co-ordinator as part of its drive towards 'baby friendly' accreditation. Julie Hardy's role involves overseeing infant feeding within the maternity unit and introducing the UK Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) to Leighton.
It includes the training of maternity unit staff to give the best advice and help to women who are breastfeeding, including promoting the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies.
Julie said: 'Baby friendly hospitals help mothers to have a successful and positive breastfeeding experience. Almost every woman is capable of pain-free breastfeeding if given proper help.'
Julie has undertaken specialist courses to ensure that the training she passes on to staff complies fully with BFI standards.
Trust chairman Alan White said to become baby friendly, the hospital will have to pass a rigorous assessment which can take up to four years.
He added: 'The Trust has demonstrated its commitment to achieving baby friendly accreditation by fully funding Julie's role. This is just one of many developments which are bringing real improvements for women who choose to have their baby either at home or at Leighton Hospital.'
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