Auck­land mums Big Latch On

Central Leader - - EDUCATION - CA­TRIN OWEN

Auck­land moth­ers can latch on in com­fort this Fri­day.

The Big Latch On will be held on Au­gust 5 and 6 for World Breast­feed­ing Week and to en­cour­age moth­ers to cel­e­brate breast­feed­ing.

Jac­qui Arnold, project man­ager with Plun­ket, has or­gan­ised an event for moth­ers liv­ing in the city.

‘‘While we were do­ing the CBD project we re­ally dis­cov­ered par­ents were ner­vous leav­ing their homes es­pe­cially with new­borns,’’ she says.

‘‘They needed a place to change and feed their ba­bies and were not able to find any­where.’’

Since the Down­town Shop­ping Cen­tre shut its doors in May, there are even fewer op­tions for moth­ers to take their ba­bies, Arnold says.

There is a breast­feed­ing room at Smith and Caughey’s but Arnold says some women don’t know about it.

‘‘The city is not work­ing for par­ents with new ba­bies and we have to make a change,’’ Arnold says.

The Big Latch On started in New Zealand 11 years ago and now has about 30 coun­tries in­volved as part of World Breast­feed­ing Week.

Moth­ers are wel­come to breast­feed and morn­ing tea will be pro­vided, 10.30am till 11.30am, Blue Bar in the Aotea Cen­tre.

Visit meetup.com for more in­for­ma­tion about the event.

The Big Latch On en­cour­ages women to cel­e­brate breast­feed­ing.

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