British hospitals need to be more "Baby-friendly"


     A new report out of Britain shows that when it comes to supporting new mothers to breastfeed, not all hospitals are created equal. While UNICEF has been unable to find a single London hospital worthy of the "Baby-friendly" designation, several maternity units in the north-east have been praised for their successful efforts in supporting mothers in their decision to breastfeed.


     "… [C]hanges need to be made in the health system. Midwives want to make these changes, but too often the system prevents them. It is not a matter of money or resources, simply one of priority," said UNICEF’s Andrew Radford.


     They’d better hurry. Britain currently has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in Europe.







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