"I was a sleep deprived tired mum & I found they offered me support breastfeeding & emotionally. Some weeks I just went for a chat no specific issues. They were so friendly and welcoming."
"Lovely atmosphere, enjoy the cakes as well!!! It’s so helpful and without that support I wouldn’t be able to carry on bf."
"Easy location to get too, friendly and great advice. Didn't feel alone in my breastfeeding issues."
"Great service from knowledgeable staff who are friendly & approachable and made it easy to ask question."
"It is a very valuable facility for mums."
"Excellent support and made you feel very welcome. Good to talk to other mums with the same issues."
"I like the special events - we did photos and pottery."
"I felt that the service helped me carry on breastfeeding for longer than I thought I would."
"Without you I wouldn’t have succeeded with breastfeeding- it's not as easy as it seems...Thank you!"
Clarendon Children Centre in Ashford has been awarded the prestigious Baby Friendly Award and is the latest UK health care facility to win international recognition from Unicef (United Nation’s Children’s Fund).
"We decided to join forces with Unicef UK's Baby Friendly Initiative to increase breastfeeding rates and to improve care for all mothers at Clarendon said Sue Burgess, Centre Manager
"Breastfeeding protects babies against a wide range of serious illnesses including gastroenteritis and 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 – although mums might be more interested in hearing that it is easier, cheaper and simply less hassle than bottle feeding,” added Sue.
“But however a mother chooses to feed her baby, she can be sure that she will be supported to form a strong loving relationship with her newborn – through having maximum skin to skin contact and understanding how her baby communicates with her and needs her to respond.”
The Baby Friendly Initiative, set up by Unicef and the World Health Organisation, is a global programme which provides a practical and effective way for health services to improve the care provided for all mothers and babies. In the UK, the initiative works with UK public services to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding and to strengthen mother-baby and family relationships. Support for these relationships is important for all babies, not only those who are breastfed.. The Award is given to health facilities/hospitals/universities after an assessment by a Unicef team has shown that recognised best practice standards are in place.
"We are delighted that Clarendon Family Centre has achieved full Baby Friendly status," said Baby Friendly Initiative Programme Director, Sue Ashmore. “Surveys show us that most mothers want to breastfeed but don’t always get the support they need. Mothers at Clarendon can be confident that staff will provide high standards of care.” Clarendon offers 2 breastfeeding drop in support sessions and week.
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