Inspectors from UNICEF visited the student midwives and gave them a 100% pass mark for meeting the Baby Friendly Breastfeeding Initiative standards.
This is the third time the University of Salford has achieved this accreditation for its midwifery course, making it the most times a higher institution in the North West has been awarded it.
As a result of their achievement, UNICEF has invited the university to apply for gold standard accreditation, which is given to organisations who are able to display exceptionally high levels of understanding in breastfeeding.
Midwifery Lecturer at the University of Salford, Anne Leyland, said:
“We’re very proud of our students and delighted that UNICEF has awarded us this accreditation once again, which means our trainee midwives are incredibly competent in providing the best evidence-based information to new parents about how and why babies should be breastfed.
“Because there are a lot of deprived areas within Salford and across Greater Manchester, it’s very important that prospective parents are as well informed as possible about the benefits of breastfeeding.
“We have a lot of poor health outcomes in this area, particularly childhood obesity, diabetes and heart disease, and all the evidence shows that if children are breastfed they have the best start in life and the best chance of avoiding these health problems.”
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