The Certificate of Commitment from the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative is the first step for Kingston University and St George’s, University of London to gain international recognition.
The award was presented to staff and students by the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Andy Kent, on the St George campus.
“We decided to work with the Baby Friendly Initiative to ensure a high standard of training in breastfeeding for all student midwives graduating from our midwifery programmes,” Lead Midwife for Education and Head of School of Midwifery, Dr Jayne Marshall said.
“We know that many women give up breastfeeding before they want to because of difficulties which could have been prevented if skilled help had been on hand. By ensuring that our students are fully trained in how to help a mother breastfeed her child, more women will be able to breastfeed their babies for longer.”
The Baby Friendly Initiative UK was established by Unicef in 2008 and aims to ensure high levels of breastfeeding training are incorporated in midwifery and health visitor courses.
The Certificate of Commitment recognises that Kingston University and St George’s, University of London are dedicated to implementing high quality practice standards in breastfeeding training.
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