Kenepuru re­tains its baby-friendly sta­tus

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Staff at Kenepuru Hos­pi­tal’s pri­mary birthing unit cel­e­brated its re-ac­cred­i­ta­tion as a ‘‘ baby friendly’’ hos­pi­tal last week.

The Baby Friendly Hos­pi­tal Ini­tia­tive is a Unicef/ World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­gramme to im­prove the way ma­ter­nity units pro­mote and sup­port breast­feed­ing.

Ac­cred­i­ta­tion is given af­ter ex­ten­sive pro­ce­dural au­dit­ing and anal­y­sis of breast­feed­ing statis­tics.

It must be reap­plied for ev­ery three years, with the level of achieve­ment in­creas­ing each time. Kenepuru has been ‘‘babyfriendly’’ since 2004.

Cap­i­tal & Coast District Health Board act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Shaun Drum­mond com­mended the ma­ter­nity unit’s staff on their ef­forts in get­ting 85 per cent of ba­bies un­der their care to ‘‘feed nat­u­rally’’.

Ti­tahi Bay mother of two, Abby Far­row, said she had a rough start to feed­ing af­ter hav­ing ‘‘two wee girls born with lit­tle rose­bud mouths’’.

‘‘Breast­feed­ing was some­thing I re­ally wanted to do and I didn’t re­alise how much I wanted to un­til I had so many prob­lems with it.

‘‘ I re­mem­ber I was re­ally hav­ing a hard time with it [breast­feed­ing] one day and my hus­band was sit­ting next to me and one of the staff came in and said, ‘you know it takes two to learn to breast­feed’. I looked at my hus­band and I thought, ‘What are you go­ing to do?’

‘‘I re­alised later she meant me and baby. The sup­port I got from [Kenepuru] was un­be­liev­able. They were great,’’ she said.

Dawn Hunter from the Breast Feed­ing As­so­ci­a­tion said Cap­i­tal & Coast had the best breast­feed­ing num­bers in New Zealand for ba­bies be­tween 10 weeks and seven months. At times they were more than 10 per cent higher than the na­tional av­er­age.

Mummy’s girl: Abby Far­row and three-week-old Lily left Kenepuru Hos­pi­tal’s ma­ter­nity unit last month, but were back again to cel­e­brate the hos­pi­tal’s ‘‘baby-friendly’’ ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

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