Breast is best as ERC nurseries recognised

Breast is best according to the NHS
Breast is best according to the NHS

Nurseries across East Renfrewshire have been recognised with a Breastfeeding Welcome Award by the East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

The award which identifies premises that understand and support the needs of breastfeeding mothers and their babies was presented to twenty two nurseries across East Renfrewshire on Friday last week, marking the end of National Breastfeeding Week.

The Breastfeeding Award, developed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has allowed a number of staff across the Health and Social Care Partnership to complete training and provide a positive atmosphere for women who choose to breastfeed.

Senior Health Improvement Officer, Jodi Dean of East Renfrewshire’s Health and Social Care Partnership said: “Breastfeeding in public can be a challenge for women therefore providing a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for them is very important. We are continuing to work and train staff across the organisation and increase breastfeeding rates in as many of our buildings as possible.”

Breastfeeding gives infants the best possible start in life and has a range of health benefits for both mother and baby. It can help protect your baby from many illnesses and also reduces the risk of weight related problems such as type 2 diabetes as they get older.

The Health and Social Care Partnership is also encouraging local businesses, shops and restaurants to show their support by taking part in the Breastfeeding Welcome Award. Free information and training can be provided by the Health and Social Care Partnership’s Health Improvement Team to support your business to become accredited. For more information email: hiteam@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk