New mums are in the best hands...

Top team: assistant practitioner Jo Kitchen, mum Laura Clegg with babies Erica and Eleanor, Karen Jowett, breast feeding peer supporter, behind Alison Bottomley)
Top team: assistant practitioner Jo Kitchen, mum Laura Clegg with babies Erica and Eleanor, Karen Jowett, breast feeding peer supporter, behind Alison Bottomley)
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New mums in Calderdale have some of the most supportive teams in the country to care for them, according to a new award.

Calderdale Community Breastfeeding Team – part of the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust – has just received its second stage of a top accreditation from Unicef.

The team has held stage one since 2010 but has now achieved stage two of Unicef’s best practice standards.

To achieve the honour, staff were interviewed on all aspects of breastfeeding and assessed on aspects including: instructing a mother on the best position, expressing milk by hand, recommendations for weaning, advice on night-time feeds and supporting breastfeeding mums when they return to work.

Infant feeding coordinator Alison Bottomley said: “Mums want accurate, non-conflicting advice at this time in their lives, when it feels like there is so much new to learn.

“We want them to feel confident and supported with their babies so they can enjoy this special time.”

Mum Laura Clegg, from Brighouse, said: “I have had a lot of advice and support and have had a home visit, which really helped.

“It makes a difference to know there is someone there to support me, particularly with two babies.”

To gain stage two the team also had to demonstrate good information links with GPs.

The GPs in Calderdale have all received a pack of information about breast-feeding and the sources of support and practical help mothers can access.