Wishaw is Baby Friendly

Celebrating the award are (l to r) midwife Julie Guest with son Matthew, midwife Anne Marie Bruce, Theresa McElhone, professional officer for Scotland for the Baby Friendly Initiative, service manager Evelyn Frame, and Infant Feeding Development midwife Wendy Drysdale.

Celebrating the award are (l to r) midwife Julie Guest with son Matthew, midwife Anne Marie Bruce, Theresa McElhone, professional officer for Scotland for the Baby Friendly Initiative, service manager Evelyn Frame, and Infant Feeding Development midwife Wendy Drysdale.

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WISHAW General Hospital has been awarded for the support it gives to breastfeeding mums.

The UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative presented the hospital with a prestigious ‘full accreditation’ award after assessing the care it provides to pregnant women and new mothers.

The Baby Friendly Initiative accredits maternity services that adopt internationally recognised standards of best practice in the care of mothers and babies.

The award was presented to staff by Theresa McElhone, professional officer for Scotland for the Baby Friendly Initiative.

She said: “I am delighted that NHS Lanarkshire has achieved the full Baby Friendly status.

“Surveys show us that most mothers want to breastfeed but don’t always get the support they need.

“Women in Lanarkshire can be confident that their midwives will provide the highest standard of care.”

Babies who are breastfed are less likely to suffer many childhood illnesses including gastro-enteritis, juvenile diabetes and allergies.

Wendy Drysdale, infant feeding development midwife from NHS Lanarkshire, said: “This award recognises NHS Lanarkshire’s commitment to make sure every baby born at Wishaw General has the best nutritional start in life.

“Breastfeeding doesn’t only benefit babies, it also benefits mums as well. It is free, burns up to 500 calories a day and can lower your risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer.”