The Big Latch On

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Two events are taking place across Teesside in support of the Big Latch On – a global campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding.

The infant feeding co-ordinator and the breastfeeding peer supporters at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are inviting breastfeeding mums to join them at the Stray Café, Redcar, on Friday 1 August and at Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, on Saturday 2 August to take part in the global Big Latch On.

Thousands of women and their babies across the world will gather in their own communities to join in the synchronised breastfeeding event at 10.30am on 1 and 2 August as part of World Breastfeeding Week.

The first Big Latch On took place in New Zealand in 2005 and the event has now taken off globally. This year the organisers are aiming to break the current global Big Latch On record of 14,536.

Infant feeding co-ordinator Victoria Head said: “We are supporting the Big Latch On to celebrate all mums who have chosen to give their babies the best start in life.

“Breastfeeding reduces the risk of major illness for the baby including gastrointestinal infections, upper respiratory tract infections and obesity and has also been shown to reduce infant mortality.”

The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a baby’s life to optimise these benefits, continuing to breastfeed for two years and as long thereafter as is mutually desired by a woman and her child.

For more details on the local events or for advice and support on breastfeeding contact infant feeding coordinator Victoria Head on 01287 284441.