After 2010 saw a record number of Baby Friendly awards (176), we are very pleased to announce that 2011 has already seen that record broken.
Last week, the Baby Friendly Initiative Designation Committee approved the latest round of awards - taking the total achieved this year to 200 so far.
The awards have been achieved from all sort of facilities in every country in the UK, including the very first London hospital to be fully accredited as Baby Friendly - West Middlesex Hospital.
So far, we have had:
- 49 Certificates of Commitment
- 64 Stage 1 awards
- 50 Stage 2 awards
- 27 full accreditations
- 10 re-accreditations.
Coming shortly on the heels of the announcement about the improvement in breastfeeding initiation rates, this represents a tremendous effort on the part of everyone involved, with more still to come before the end of the year.
UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative staff would like to extend their warmest congratulations to all those who have been working to achieve these awards.
Click here to see the latest award tables.