Oak Grove Community Center will host Big Latch On

ClarksvilleNow.com Reporting

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Mothers currently breastfeeding their babies are invited to attend The Big Latch On at Oak Grove Community Center, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Saturday August 3, 2013.

Precisely at 10:30 a.m., those at the Oak Grove location will join the thousands of breastfeeding women and their babies around the world in the synchronized breastfeeding event for exactly one minute.

Local vendors, giveaways, and treats will be available.

As part of World Breastfeeding Week organized by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, the purpose of The Big Latch On is to increase awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and to show worldwide support of women who breastfeed their children.

World Breastfeeding Week celebrates the signing of the WHO/UNICEF document known as the Innocenti Declaration which states the benefits of breastfeeding, including decreased risk of infant morbidity and mortality, adult obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer for both mom and baby. It is celebrated in 120 countries. 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 2 years and as long thereafter as is mutually desired by a woman and her child.

The Global Big Latch On, started in Aotearoa, New Zealand in 2005, and came to Portland, Oregon in 2010. Last year 8,862 children were counted breastfeeding during the event.

For more information contact Liz Reyes at liz.jansen@ymail.com, 270-955-0055, or visit www.biglatchon.org