During the first week of August, thousands of breastfeeding women and their children will gather within their communities to join in the Global Big Latch On, an annual two-day event held in various locations around the world. The Global Big Latch On is organized each year during World Breastfeeding Week to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support.
Lee Memorial Health System invites mothers to take part in the Global Big Latch On events Friday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m., at these three locations:
Cape Coral Hospital – New Café
HealthPark Medical Center – 4th Floor Atrium
Healthy Life Center at Coconut Point
Registration begins at 10 a.m.
“The Global Big Latch On is a great opportunity to show support for breastfeeding,” explains Nancy Travis, RN, director, Women and Neonatal Services, Cape Coral Hospital. “Involving the community in a global event makes breastfeeding more accepted as part of everyday life and removes social barriers, which we hope will encourage and support mothers to continue as long as possible in order to maximize the benefits for both mom and child.”
The first Big Latch On took place in New Zealand in 2005, and has grown into a global event.
The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months of life, then continued breastfeeding and appropriate complementary foods up to 2 years of age, or beyond, as mutually desired by the mother and child.
Benefits of breastfeeding:
• Breast milk provides all of the nutrients your baby needs for the first 6 months of life.
• Breastfed babies have fewer allergies, stomach problems, and respiratory and ear infections.
• Breast milk is free and convenient. You always have a supply and it is always the perfect temperature.
• Breastfeeding is good for the environment—there is no trash to discard.
• Moms who breastfeed have a lower risk of breast cancer
For more information about the Global Big Latch On, please visit www.biglatchon.org or call Cape Coral Hospital at 239-424-2217; HealthPark Medical Center at 239-343-5271; or the Healthy Life Center at 239-495-4475.