The Big Latch On happened today with Full Circle and Latch On joining forces to host the event (from more please see our previous post).
We had a great turnout (especially considering the minimal notice and chickenpox epidemic) with 9 latches recorded for the record and almost 30 people coming along to enjoy lots of homemade cake and a cuppa. Result!!! Next year will be even bigger and better – and more organised 😀
I was too busy timing the latch to film while we were latched so to speak so the video is from just after. We had some lovely people taking photos of the latch itself so more of these to follow later. I should have taken a photo of our cake table because that was an amazing display. Oops! http://youtu.be/9vbEJTXpXYg
A massive thank-you to everyone who came, including our independent witnesses and everyone who helped spread the word.
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 organises World Breastfeeding Week. World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, is celebrated in 120 countries and marks the signing of the WHO/UNICEF document Innocenti Declaration, which lists the benefits of breastfeeding, plus global and governmental goals.
To mark this occasion on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th August 2012 at 10:30am thousands of breastfeeding women and their babies/children across the world will gather in their own communities to take part in the Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event in multiple locations.
This year the Big latch On is going international. Full Circle and Latch On Breastfeeding Support Groups are joining forces to host our local Big Latch On, which will take place Friday 3rd August 10am-11.30am at the Twyn Community Centre, Caerphilly, CF83 1JL.
What is the Big Latch On?
Groups of breastfeeding women coming together at registered locations around the world to all latch on their child at a set time. All the breastfeeding women and children are latched on for one minute at the set time and are counted by the witnesses. The numbers are added up and we see if we can beat previous Big Latch On records or maybe even the world record!
The Big Latch On supports communities with identifying and growing opportunities to provide ongoing breastfeeding support and promotion.
The key to the Big Latch On’s success is allowing communities to hold their Big Latch On events, empowering them to create an event that relates to the people of their community, while still taking part in a worldwide event.
While Women’s Health Action/Big Latch On provides the concept, key resources and overarching co-ordination, communities hold their own Big Latch On events. One of the biggest delights of co-ordinating the Big Latch On each year is the feedback we get about the amazing diversity of ways in which the Big Latch On is celebrated and the follow on activities such as friendships formed and breastfeeding support groups established.
Aims of the Big Latch On
- Support for communities to identify and grow opportunities to provide ongoing breastfeeding support and promotion.
- Raise awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge available in communities.
- Help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.
- Make breastfeeding a normal part of the day-to-day life at a local community level.
- Increase support for women who breastfeed – women are supported by their partners, family and the breastfeeding knowledge that is embedded in their communities.
- Communitiies have the resources to advocate for coordinated appropriate and accessible breastfeeding support services.
History of the Big Latch On
The Big Latch On is originally from New Zealand. It was started by Women’s Health Action in 2005 as part of World Breastfeeding Week. Each year, they have seen a growth in the numbers of breastfeeding women attending and an increase in the support for breastfeeding in public. The Big Latch On was introduced to Portland, Oregon, in 2010 by Joanne Edwards as a celebration for World Breastfeeding Week. In 2011, Joanne worked with Annie Brown and members of La Leche League USA to grow the Big Latch On across the USA.
In an effort to further strengthen the Big Latch On’s mission to protect, promote and support breastfeeding women and in recognition of increasing global participation in the Big Latch On, Women’s Health Action and the Big Latch On Global Coordinator Joanne Edwards have joined forces for 2012.
For more information about The Big Latch On in Caerphilly please get in touch via this webpage or on our facebook page (to the right of this post). For more information about the Big Latch On generally and to find an event near you please visit www.biglatchon.org
Come and join us for a cuppa cake and to break some records while raising awareness of breastfeeding in the community. Let’s make this year’s Big latch On bigger than ever before!!!!
- The Big Latch On 2012 (drewstarr.wordpress.com)
Every year in the UK we have National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, generally held in the last week of June (this year it is 24th-30th). The government withdrew funding for this event a couple of years ago but many breastfeeding support groups and other public health and breastfeeding organisations still put on events. The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers have a page where people can post things that are happening in their local area.
Full Circle Breastfeeding Support are collaborating with Latch On and other mum-to-mum support groups in the South Wales area to create breastfeeding walls of love featuring contributions from people who love breastfeeding and their reason/s why. These displays are then going to be taken around prominent venues in the local community raising awareness and spreading the love. We think it’s a lovely idea but to make it really effective we want as many contributions as possible.
All you have to do to take part is complete this sentence “I ❤ (I mean heart but I can’t do it properly on here sorry) breastfeeding … “
We have already received some gorgeous ones including one from a dad of a breastfed baby who wasn’t keen on breastfeeding at first and one from a mum whose premature baby was seriously ill and donated breastmilk saved his life. We have also had pictures and other innovative responses. Please feel free to be as creative or as straight-to-the point as you like. All submissions will be gratefully received.
I will post photographs of the walls of love during BAW.
All you need to do it post your responses in the comments section below or via twitter @patchwork_mama.
* ALSO for all of you breastfeeding lovers in the South Wales area (or further afield if you fancy a road trip) there is going to be a breastfeeding morning picnic and mass feed (babies permitting) in RoathPark, Cardiff (by the rose garden or in the cafe if it rains) at 10am on Sunday 24th of June. Look for the Full Circle and Latch On banners (and hopefully the hoardes of people). The walls of love will be on display too and you can add to them in person. It would be great to get as many people as possible there so feel free to spread the word.