Breastfeeding brings local mothers together
Mothers from the South Waikato joined forces and at this year’s Latch On.
For the seventh year mothers met to breastfed at 10.30am on Friday at the Tokoroa Hospital Library.
The idea was for mothers across the nation to breastfeed at the same time.
The Women’s Health Actiondriven initiative was developed 10 years ago in order to celebrate and support breastfeeding women.
Mother- of- four Sally Millar attended the event for the second time to met new people.
The 37-year old said she does not often see mothers out doing it so it often hindered her confidence.
‘‘It’s the support too, it’s a huge thing and it’s quite nice to see other people doing it as well and I think ‘oh I’ll do it for longer’,’’ she said.
Co-organiser Mereaumate Vano said it has come a long way since their first event when a mere three people participated.
‘‘It’s making it acceptable but I don’t know when it became unacceptable.’’
Vano said the idea to start the event in Tokoroa was prompted by low numbers of Pacific Island and Maori women breastfeeding.
Vano believes it was down to the support and information women received.
‘‘You only get so much information from your doctor,’’ she said.
Well Child nurse May Thomas said it was mainly about the support.
‘‘For the mums it’s about meeting up with other mums, knowing that they’re not alone’’ she said.
Latched on: Mother-of-four Sally Millar and six-month old Taonga-iti joined eight mothers for Friday’s Big Latch On.