Sheffield Children’s Hospital has been recognised as a breastfeeding-friendly institution.
The Sheffield Breastfeeding Friendly Award was presented to the hospitals infant feeding team in recognition of the hospital’s friendly environment for breastfeeding.
The hospital was also recognised for its facilities, including a designated breastfeeding room, and the support offered to mums who want to feel confident and relaxed when breastfeeding in public.
Staff across the hospital are also being trained to offer additional support.
Anita Ellis, infant feeding co-ordinator at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Mums who wish to breastfeed in the hospital should be supported to do so and this award recognises the work we have been doing to support breastfeeding in the hospital.
“As a children’s hospital, we obviously have a number of visitors with babies and it is important we are able to provide the appropriate facilities and support so that mums feel comfortable when coming here.
“There is a dedicated space in the hospital available and we plan to make more of these available across the hospital over the next few years.”
The award is part of an initiative to increase breastfeeding rates in Sheffield and to promote awareness of the positive impact it has on the wellbeing of mums and newborns, as well as the economic and social benefits.