A HEALTH visiting service which covers the area is to receive a national accolade.
The service, run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, supports and promotes the benefits of breastfeeding.
It is the first in the south east region to achieve the Unicef Baby Friendly award, and will be presented with the honour tomorrow.
Lynn Timms, from the trust, said: ‘We decided to join forces with Unicef UK’s Baby Friendly Initiative to increase breastfeeding rates and improve care for mothers.
‘Breastfeeding protects babies against a wide range of serious illnesses including gastroenteritis and respiratory infections in infancy as well as asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes in later life.
‘We also know that breastfeeding reduces the mother’s risk of some cancers.
‘However a mother chooses to feed her baby, she will be supported to form a strong loving relationship with her newborn, through understanding how her baby communicates with her.’
The service covers Fareham, Gosport, Havant and Waterlooville.