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Tower Hamlets Infant Feeding Coordinator recognised by UNICEF UK

Posted on: 7 May 2024

We are delighted to share the good news of our very own Hannah Spiring, Community Infant Feeding Coordinator being appointed as joint chair of the London National Infant Feeding Network (NIFN). 

Hannah is taking up this voluntary role alongside Boo Charkin, Midwife and Infant Feeding/BFI Accreditation Lead at Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The National Infant Feeding Network (NIFN) is dedicated to enhancing the health and wellbeing of mothers, parents, and infants by advocating for, safeguarding, and providing support for breastfeeding, as well as fostering excellent practices in infant feeding support and relationship building within public services.  This platform serves as an invaluable opportunity to bolster support for infant feeding leads across the capital and foster a culture of shared learning and collaboration.

Locally, Hannah is part of the Care Group’s 0-19 Child Healthy Weight service and will be recognised by many in the community as the familiar friendly face that supported them as new mothers or parents on their breastfeeding journey with their newborns and imparting her skills and knowledge on infant feeding. 

On her new appointment and the hard work that led to it, Hannah said: “I recently had the privilege of organizing one of our recent gatherings, securing the Cabinet rooms at the Town Hall as our venue. Over the last two years as a member of the group, I have had the opportunity to present on the crucial topic of supporting mothers at the conclusion of their breastfeeding journey, as well as to provide insights from the Lancet Breastfeeding papers published last year.

“I am deeply honoured to take on this voluntary role, especially given the significance of the task ahead. Recognizing the size and scope of our network, UNICEF has wisely chosen to appoint two of us to lead during this period.

“I am genuinely excited about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, particularly the chance to learn from and support my esteemed colleagues across London. Together, I am confident that we can make meaningful strides in advancing our shared mission.”

It’s thanks to dedicated professionals like Hannah that the Care Group continues to be part of pioneering work in the borough and beyond.