Mums and babies took part in a global event to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding.
An amazing 40 women local breastfeeding mums and their babies participated in the breastfeeding event called The Big Latch On, organised by the Morecambe and Lancaster Star Buddy peer support scheme, health professionals and local Children’s Centres
They were some of the 14,000 women who participated worldwide in the synchronized breastfeeding event.
“The first Big Latch On took place in New Zealand in 2005,” said local BfN Registered Breastfeeding Supporter, Lisa Libby-Inman,” In 2012 8862 children were counted breastfeeding at the same time.
“This year we expect to break this record!”
The event is part of World Breastfeeding Week, organised by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action on the August 1 to 7 every year, to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support.
It is celebrated in 120 countries and marks the signing of the WHO/UNICEF document Innocenti Declaration, which lists the benefits of breastfeeding, plus global and governmental goals.
The 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, continuing to breastfeed for two years and as long thereafter as is mutually desired by a woman and her child.