BABY CARE IS STREETSAHEAD; Centre's top award.
CORRIE star Jennifer James met new mothers at a Liverpool hospital to encourage them to breast feed.
The actress, who plays barmaid Geena Gregory in the soap, was presenting midwives and nurses at the Aintree Centre of Women's Health, Fazakerley, with an award to mark national breast feeding week.
They have received the Baby Friendly Award from the United Nation's Children's Fund (Unicef) for encouraging more women to breast feed rather than use a bottle.
Jennifer said: ``We know that breastfeeding protects babies against a range of serious illnesses, including gastroenteritis and respiratory infections.
``We also know it can reduce a mother's risk of getting cancer.
``It is also easier, cheaper and less hassle than bottle feeding.''
Andrew Radford, of Unicef, said new mothers in Liverpool are getting first-class care.
He added: ``Surveys show us that most mothers want to breastfeed but don't always get the support they need.
``Mothers at Aintree Centre for Women's Health can be confident that their midwives will provide the highest standards of care.''
l The National Childbirth Trust has launched a campaign to get more women breastfeeding after a survey revealed four out of five new mums stop breastfeeding within six months.
Six weeks after birth only 42% of women carry on breastfeeding, while the rest turn to bottled milk.
STAR CUDDLE: Jennifer meets Oliver Garry-Madden; BREAST IS BEST: Jennifer with midwives Carol O'Keefe, Mary Fadzill and Kim Sefia
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||May 15, 2002|
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