Over forty mums and babies gather in Southport for the Global Big Latch On event!

Over forty mums and babies gathered in Southport for the Global Big Latch On event hosted by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust and Breastfeeding Support Sefton.

Each year the Global Big Latch On event brings together hundreds of thousands of mums and their babies together to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding as well as the services and support offered to help new mums across the borough.

The event, held at Lakeside Church, was part of World Breastfeeding Week which runs between 1 August  and 7 August.

Councillor Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, added: “This is a fantastic annual event where we celebrate breastfeeding and the amazing benefits it has for babies.
“We welcomed a lot of mums and babies from across the area to the Lakeside and it was great to see so many people showing their support for breastfeeding and the Big Latch On campaign.
“It was a great opportunity for mums to come along and be part of something big – they all got to meet with other likeminded mums, speak with health care professionals from Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust and access local breastfeeding support services.”

One mum who attended with her young boy said she was eager to tackle the stigma around breastfeeding in public.

She said: “I’m here today at the Big Latch on mainly to remove the stigma around breastfeeding. 

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“It really upsets me when mums struggle with the idea of going out for a first feed.
“I am really lucky because I have never had a negative experience but I know people who have and I just think that it’s the most natural thing in the world.

 

 

“Breast are made for feeding babies first and foremost so when people don’t agree with the feeding in public, that’s the sort of thing I want to get out of our culture because it’s natural and what we are designed to do.”

 

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in 120 countries and marks the signing of the World Health Organisation and UNICEF document Innocent Declaration, which lists the benefits of breastfeeding, plus global and governmental goals.

UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund, a worldwide children’s charity that address the needs of children around the world.

 

Mums aim to help break breastfeeding record

Midwives are backing The Big Latch On in Southport this week in support of women who want to breastfeed.

The Big Latch On is a global event to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding celebrated in 120 countries. Women and children will gather in their own communities to take part with the aim of breaking last year’s breastfeeding record when nearly 18,000 children were fed.

The local event will take place on Friday (Aug 4) at Lakeside Church, Fairway, Southport, PR9 0LA. Registration is between 9.30am and 10am. A headcount will be taken at 10.30am for the official Southport Big Latch On submission.

One mum who will be supporting the event is Laura Corrigan from Formby whose baby, Arthur, was born at Ormskirk hospital on Saturday 22 July, weighing 8lb 9oz.

“I always wanted to breastfeed because I knew it would be good for Arthur. I’m also told it’s a great way to lose weight!” said Laura

Expressing milk also means that dad, Paul Mason, can help with feeding too.

“The midwives have been fantastic and gave me loads of support, particularly early on when it can be so easy to give up.”

Lesley Fawcett, Infant Feeding Coordinator at the hospital, said: “Last year’s event was so successful it has been moved to a much larger venue for 2017. It’s great to see mums and babies reaping the benefits of breastfeeding and we look forward to meeting them at the event.”

Local Big Latch On at Southport and Knowsley Safari

Between 1 and 7 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, 1-7 August, is celebrated in 120 countries and marks the signing of the World Health Organisation and UNICEF document Innocenti Declaration, which lists the benefits of breastfeeding, plus global and governmental goals. UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund, a worldwide children’s charity that address the needs of children around the world.

To mark this occasion, thousands of breastfeeding women and their babies and children across the world will gather in their own communities to take part in the Global Big Latch On, a synchronised breastfeeding event in multiple locations.

There are several taking place in Merseyside. Sefton’s local Big Latch On will take place at Lakeside Christian Centre, Fairway, Southport, PR9 0LA, on Friday, 4 August at 10.30am and there is also one at Knowsley Safari on the same day at the same time.

The Sefton event is hosted by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, and the Knowsley event is hosted by North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the Merseyside Breastfeeding Consortium. Directions can be found at www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk or by putting L34 3AN into your Sat Nav.

Julia Kemp, Infant Feeding Coordinator at North West Boroughs Healthcare, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this event with our consortium partners. This event highlights the amazing work our services provide to support mothers and babies. We love to celebrate the achievements of our breastfeeding families and we hope all our past and present breastfeeding families, no matter what age, will join us to take part in this worldwide event.”

Richard Smith, Head of Visitor Services at Knowsley Safari, said: “We are delighted to support this event and welcome families to stay at the park for as long as they wish. There will be free access for participants and their family to our foot safari to see our animal displays and enjoy many of our attractions including giraffe, meerkat and wolf country. The park opens at 9am and all cars arriving before 10.15am will be offered a discount of £15 per car to enter the full safari tour.”

For more information about the Knowsley event contact the Knowsley Breastfeeding Peer Support Service on 0151 244 3269.

For more information about the Sefton event, contact Breastfeeding Support Sefton via the Feelgood Factory in Netherton 0151 291 8010 or on 07752 661408.