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Community Enterprise (ACE) has become the first community healthcare provider
in the county to achieve full Baby Friendly Accreditation by UNICEF, the
world's leading organisation for children.
UK Baby Friendly Initiative is based on a global accreditation programme of UNICEF and
the World Health Organization.
It is designed
to support breastfeeding and parent infant relationships by working with public
services to improve standards of care. It aims to ensure that all parents make
informed decisions about feeding their babies and are supported in their chosen
Hill, Infant Feeding Lead at ACE, said:
are delighted ACE Children’s Services team have achieved full Baby
Friendly Accreditation. Our aim is to maintain this accreditation
with our reassessment in 2018 and develop our work to hopefully achieve
Gold Award status in the future.
“We know that most
mothers want to breastfeed but don’t always get the support they need to do so
successfully. Mothers in North East Essex have the satisfaction of knowing
their Health Visitors and Midwives are aiming to provide the highest standard
“This accomplishment is another example of how the
ACE Children’s Community Services team are continually striving for excellence
and are committed to their clients. By taking steps to ensure child health at
the first stages of life we reduce the number of health complications and
conditions that require management in future years.”
Breastfeeding protects babies against a wide range
of illnesses including gastroenteritis and respiratory infections in infancy as
well as allergies and diabetes in childhood, there are benefits for mothers too
including reduced risk of developing osteoporosis, breast and ovarian cancer.
Expectant mothers in North East Essex now have the
opportunity to meet their health visitor in the antenatal period from 28 weeks
and all are invited with their partner/mother/friend to attend a ‘Preparing for
Baby’ workshop, which discusses the reality of becoming a new parent, infant
feeding, value of breastfeeding, the importance of skin-to-skin contact, rooming-in
together with their baby and close and loving relationships.
PHOTO CAPTION: Left to
right: Jacky Syme (National Infant Feeding Network Regional Coordinator),
Hayley Hill (ACE Infant Feeding Lead) and Sue Ashmore (Director of Unicef Baby