World Breast Feeding Week is being held August 1st-7th,2015. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action is celebrating 23 years of promoting breastfeeding and support for mothers. This is a global effort to normalize and educate people about the benefits of breastfeeding.
To celebrate World Breast Feeding Week, The Big Latch On is hosting a global count again! It is a community-building event that is aimed to bring women together, spread the word about local support groups and raise money to support various organizations.
The Big Latch On involves groups of breastfeeding women coming together at registered locations around the world to all ‘latch on’ (breastfeed) their child or children at a set time. Numbers are added to a global count total to see if we can beat the previous years record.
History of The Big Latch On
The Big Latch On began in New Zealand and was started by Women’s Health Action in 2005 as part of World Breastfeeding Week. Joanne Edwards of Small Beginnings Group introduced the Big Latch On to Portland, Oregon in 2010. The Big Latch On Record is 14,536 children latched on simultaneously across 845 locations in 28 countries! The World record is still held by Children for Breastfeeding Inc., With 15,128 women breast feeding simultaneously at 295 sites across the Philippines on 2 May 2007.
Bay & Bee and Jax Beach Breastfeeding Support Group are hosting a Big Latch on Event at Bay & Bee on Saturday, August 1st.
You will need to register at Bay & Bee. Registration will open at 9:15am and close at 10:00am. The latch on will take place at 10:30am. At that point we will count latches for 1 minute. Meredeth Rae Woodward will be here between 9:15-10:15 playing a set of her music. Please bring a closed water bottle container and socks for yourself!
Although donations are not required to participate, we will be accepting donations for The Big Latch On organization to help provide Breast Feeding Support.
The Global Big Latch On- https://www.facebook.com/GlobalBigLatchOn