World Breast Feeding Week is being held August 1st-7th,2014. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action is celebrating 22 years of promoting breastfeeding and support for mothers. This is a global effort to normalize and educate people about the benefits of breastfeeding.
Did you know that:
World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Breast milk is the ideal food for newborns and infants. It gives infants all the nutrients they need for healthy development. It is safe and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia, the two primary causes of child mortality worldwide.
Breastfeeding also benefits mothers. Exclusive breastfeeding is associated with a natural (though not fail-safe) method of birth control (98% protection in the first six months after birth). It reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer later in life, helps women return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster, and lowers rates of obesity
According to the latest information by the CDC, In Florida 71.8% of children have been breastfeed. By 6 months 40.9% are breastfed some, 10.6% are being exclusively exclusive breastfed and by 12 months 20% of children are still breastfed.
TO CELEBRATE World Breast Feeding Week, The Big Latch On is hosting a global count! It is a community-building event that is aimed to bring women together, spread the word about local support groups and raise money for support 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. All of the children are latched on for one minute at the 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.
OUR EVENT: Bay & Bee and Jacksonville Beach Breastfeeding Support Group are hosting a Big Latch on Event at Bay & Bee on Saturday August 2nd.
You will need to register Saturday Morning 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.
We will have a great raffle with local vendor donations, including a 1 month membership to Bay & Bee. The Latch will take place inside of the play space and our neighboring space. 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