The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

The Big Latch On breastfeeding cel­e­bra­tion event is happening on Fri­day.

Palmy mums and their chil­dren will join more than 30,000 mums and chil­dren around the world in a cel­e­bra­tion that sup­ports and pro­motes breastfeeding.

Fri­day’s na­tion­wide Big Latch On is part of the 2016 Breastfeeding Week.

Com­mu­nity Birth Ser­vices will again host the lo­cal Big Latch On, this time in big­ger premises at Chris­tian Com­mu­nity Church, 54 Pas­cal St.

Liz Rick­etts from the or­gan­i­sa­tion said the doors would open for the 10.30am Big Latch On at 10am, and will be fol­lowed by morn­ing tea.

‘‘The big­gest thing is bring­ing peo­ple from the com­mu­nity to­gether for a fun re­laxed morn­ing along with other or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses who pro­vide sup­port for breastfeeding mums and new par­ents.

‘‘There are so many cool or­gan­i­sa­tions out there, and it’s about bring­ing ev­ery­one to­gether and mak­ing them aware of what’s avail­able.’’

Among the lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses are those pro­vid­ing baby car­ri­ers, cloth­ing, fit­ness and holis­tic health ser­vices, as well as the Toy Li­brary, mid­wives, and Bar­na­dos.

The event also pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for women to make new friends, and feel more con­fi­dent about breastfeeding, par­tic­u­larly in pub­lic.

There would be packs for the first 100 mums through the door, and Rick­etts was ex­pect­ing a big­ger turn-out than in pre­vi­ous years.

‘‘It’s a great venue, with plenty of off-street park­ing.’’

Now in its 12th year, the Big Latch On is part of World Breastfeeding Week, a global ini­tia­tive by New Zealand’s Women’s Health Ac­tion to pro­tect, pro­mote and sup­port breastfeeding, while re­duc­ing some of the com­mon bar­ri­ers to moth­ers con­tin­u­ing to breast­feed.

Rick­etts said breastfeeding had plenty of short and long-term ben­e­fits for moth­ers and their chil­dren.

Women un­able to make it to Pas­cal St can take part vir­tu­ally by con­tribut­ing to the oc­ca­sion on Face­book, and by shar­ing self­ies on In­sta­gram and Twit­ter us­ing the hash­tag #BrelfieNZ.

Last year, 1646 women and their chil­dren came to­gether and breast­fed in venues across New Zealand, with an ad­di­tional 180 par­tic­i­pat­ing on­line - a to­tal of 1826 latches.



This Fri­day’s Big Latch On in sup­port of breastfeeding mums takes place in big­ger premises.

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