To celebrate The Big Global Latch On, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug., 3, Saturday, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug. 5, thousands of breastfeeding people and their babies/children across the world will gather in their own communities for a synchronized breastfeeding event.
Local participation will be at the Logan County Health District at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3. Participants are asked to be at district offices by 10 a.m. Participants also are asked to pre-register at www.biglatchon.org > Participate > find a location (add your zip code). Pre-registration is recommended so that WIC and Logan County Health District can prepare appropriately.
The first Big Latch On took place in Aotearoa New Zealand, in 2005. It was introduced to Portland, Oregon in 2010 by Small Beginnings Group LLC and has now taken off globally.
This year’s goal is to break the current Global Big Latch On record of 17,992 children breastfeeding at 758 locations across 23 countries. Our long-term vision is that one day a Global Big Latch On event will be held within walking distance of every family in the world.
The Global Big Latch On is informed by the principles of community development, providing the opportunity for breastfeeding women to get together in their local communities, host their own events, and identify opportunities for on-going support.
Breastfeeding contributes to the normal growth and development of babies/children, and babies/children who are not breastfed are at increased risk of infant morbidity and mortality, adult obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer (both mom and baby.) The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a baby’s life to optimize these benefits. The infants immune response to disease is also provided through the breastmilk at this, time . Continuing to breastfeed for 2 years and as long thereafter as is mutually desired by a woman and her child.
For more information: Call the Logan County Health District – Amber Brown at: 937-651-6912
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.biglatchon.org
Submitted by the Logan County Health District.