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New mothers in Jersey to get healthy snacks

New mothers at Jersey's general hospital are offered healthy snacks after a survey showed a lack of food options for parents nursing babies.

The Health Promotion Unit and the midwifery department have launched a range of healthy eating snacks, such as smoothies and fruit, available all day.

A survey of new mothers' perceptions of the food offered was carried out.

The hospital said it showed women praised the canteen food, but wanted access to healthy food at all times.

It showed many mothers said if they were looking after their baby at meal times, or breastfeeding during the night, then they needed to be able to have access to healthy food.

The hospital plans to offer sandwiches, yoghurts, fruit pots and smoothies at all times.

Louise Dartnall, health promotion officer, said: "It's really important that new mums have access to healthy, nutritious food at any time during their stay.

"The survey findings provided a good lever to influence the food served in the maternity ward."

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