1. LATCH ON
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.