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Mom2Mom KMC Hosts Big Latch On 2014
For the third year running, Mom2Mom KMC will mark World Breastfeeding Week with Annual Open House and Big Latch On world record attempt.
On the 1 – 7th of August every year, to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action organizes World Breastfeeding Week. “This year’s theme is BREASTFEEDING:
Mom2Mom KMC2 is a community-wide network offering peer support and accurate information about breastfeeding to all families in the KMC. Our mission is to help each woman reach her individual breastfeeding goals. To promote World Breastfeeding Week, on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd August 2014 at 10:30am, thousands of breastfeeding women and their children across the world will gather in their own communities to take part in the Big Latch On (http://biglatchon.org), a synchronized breastfeeding event in multiple locations.
Our local Big Latch On will take place in conjunction with the Mom2Mom KMC Annual World Breastfeeding Week Open House on Saturday, August 2, from 0930-1200 at Donnelly Park Pavilion on Ramstein Air Base. This event will also include a Community Information Fair with representatives from community organizations who support breastfeeding and families with young children. Certified Babywearing Instructors will give demonstrations and answer questions about ways to wear your baby. Plus we’ll have food, kids’ activities for all ages, face painting, and we have over $1550 in prizes to give away!
The first Big Latch On took place in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2005. It has now taken off globally and in 2013, 14,536 children were counted breastfeeding as part of the Global Big Latch On. This year we are aiming to once again break this record! The Big Latch On is informed by the principles of community development, providing the opportunity for breastfeeding women to get together in their local communities, host their own events, and identify opportunities for on-going support.
Breastfeeding contributes to the normal growth and development of children, and reduces the risks of infant morbidity and mortality, adult obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer (both mom and baby.) The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a baby's life to optimize these benefits, continuing to breastfeed for as long thereafter as is mutually desired by a woman and her child.
Lauren Foley, Assistant Community Outreach Mom2Mom