Richmonders have two options to show support for breastfeeding mothers around the world on August 2nd, 2014.
If every child was breastfed within an hour of birth, given only breast milk for their first six months of life, and continued breastfeeding up to the age of two years, about 800,000 child lives would be saved every year.
-World Health Organization
Attending a latch on event isn’t about making a statement, it’s about, celebrating mothering, creating a community of support, meet other breastfeeding moms and getting yourself comfortable with breastfeeding too.
Breastfeeding mothers of all ages and nursing stages can meet at these two locations:
Midlothian’s Big Latch On
Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center
Saturday, August 2
at 9:30am – 11:30am
Starting in New Zealand in 2005, the Big Latch On continues to grow as communities join in. In 2013, 14,536 women and their children came together to breastfeed simultaneously during the Big Latch On.
The Big Latch On which kicks off World Breastfeeding Week which raises awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding the first 7 days in August every year.
Note: The Midlothian event is affiliated with the Big Latch On and attendees who latch on at 10:30am and breastfeed for one minute will be counted as apart of the global Big Latch On.
RVA! Latches On
Virgina State Capital Building
Saturday, August 2
at 10:00am – 11:00am
Now in its third year, RVA Latches On! has benefited from the support of all three Richmond area hospital systems: Bon Secours Richmond, HCA Richmond, and VCU Medical Center.
This event brings together breastfeeding mothers, their families and community advocates to highlight the critical importance of breastfeeding for the current and long-term health of our mothers and children by participating in a synchronized “latch on” at the Virginia State Capitol.
Note: This is not affiliated with the Big Latch On event and will hold an independent count of mothers who latch on without a requirement for duration.