PERFORMANCE: West Suffolk Foundation Trust has taken the first steps towards UNICEF’s Baby Friendly accreditation.

It has been awarded a certificate of commitment in recognition of its efforts to encourage more new mums to breastfeed.

Patricia Davis, head of midwifery and general manager at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “We are pleased to have been awarded this certificate and take the first steps towards achieving Baby Friendly accreditation.

“Breastfeeding protects babies against a wide range of serious illnesses, including gastroenteritis and respiratory infections in infancy as well as allergies and diabetes in childhood. It can also help protect mum too, by reducing the risk of some cancers.

“But breastfeeding isn’t always easy and lots of new mothers need support. We’re committed to making sure they get the help they need and are pleased that has been recognised by UNICEF.”