Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Breastfeeding Foundation congratulates QEH on recertification

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With the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) being recertified as a baby-friendly hospital, the Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Foundation of Barbados (BCNF) believes the health care institution is taking leaps and bounds to creating a positive breastfeeding culture.

Back in August last year, the QEH underwent assessment by the World Health Organization (WHO) under UNICEF’s Baby-Friendly Hospital initiative, which focuses on promotion and support of breastfeeding, and they officially received the certificate in December.

The BCNF has been part of the National Breastfeeding Committee of the Ministry of Health and they have committed to assisting the QEH with its mandate to promote breastfeeding among Barbadian families.

“We know the benefits which will be gained from this success, for the babies, mothers and families of Barbados. This is just one piece in the puzzle required to create a breastfeeding culture in our country, but this is a large piece and we are extremely happy for the success of the QEH. We will continue to do our part to assist the QEH in executing its fine work.”

The BCNF has also been working to push government, through its relevant ministries, to extend the custom 12-week maternity leave to six months in an effort to support longer breastfeeding by new mums.

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