Hospital trust in top ten for breastfeeding rates

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Princess Royal Hospital Haywards Heath ENGSUS00120130602165450

More than nine out of every ten mothers who give birth at the Princess Royal and Royal Sussex County Hospital start breastfeeding their babies.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Haywards Heath and Brighton hospitals, has been named in the top ten of maternity services in the country for supporting women to breastfeed.

Breastfeeding is proven to have long term health benefits for mothers and their babies.

Sherree Fagge

Figures released by NHS England show the trust has a breastfeeding initiation rate of 91 per cent - which is the tenth best nationally and best in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Chief Nurse Sherree Fagge said: “This is a wonderful achievement and is testament to the good work of the dedicated team of midwives, maternity support workers and maternity assistants who support women in the first few weeks after their baby is born.

“Breastfeeding is proven to have long term health benefits for mothers and their babies and it is so important women get the encouragement and support to help them get started and keep going.”

Brighton and Hove CCG is also the top CCG in England for women to be exclusively breastfeeding their babies at six to eight weeks post-delivery.

Emma Luhr, directorate lead nurse for Women’s Services and Head of Midwifery, said: “The reason we are doing so well is that we have very motivated staff and, as a Trust, promoting and supporting breastfeeding is part of our culture. We are part of the World Health Organisation’s Baby Friendly Initiative and we are currently working towards the global award which is a gold standard for breastfeeding.”

The NHS England report can be read at www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/03/Breastfeeding-1415Q3.pdf