2016 Global Latch On

By: Leah Hollenberger

The Big Latch On

We have a breastfeeding mother and child in the Copley Hospital lobby 24/7 this week to help share an important message. Granted, the mother and child are made of cardboard, but the message they share is very much alive: breast is best. Why this week? It is World Breastfeeding Week and the focus is on raising awareness and support of breastfeeding throughout our community.

Why is Breastfeeding Important?

  • Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients for infants.
  • Nutrients in breast milk may help protect infants against some common childhood illnesses and infections.
  • It may also help the mother’s health. Certain types of cancer may occur less often in mothers who have breastfed their babies.

Copley Hospital’s Birthing Center and The Women’s Center offers certified lactation support and breastfeeding counseling.  You can call them for information at 888-8100.

The Vermont Department of Health and the Lamoille Family Center are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) with:

2016 Global Big Latch On
Aug. 6 10:00am-11:00am

at The Lamoille Family Center

Women and their children will gather to breastfeed and offer peer-to-peer support. Friends and family are encouraged to join in this celebration to show their support for breastfeeding. If you are currently breastfeeding and would like to attend this free event, please RSVP to 888-5229 x141 by August 4th.

The Big Latch On aims to protect, promote and support breastfeeding families by:

  • Raise awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge available locally and globally.
  • Help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.
  • Make breastfeeding as normal part of day-to-day life at a local community level.
  • Increase support for women who breastfeed – women are supported by their partners, family and their communities.
  • Ensure communities have the resources to advocate for coordinated appropriate and accessible breastfeeding support services.

Additional local resources are available in support of breastfeeding. There are also a number of resources online; a list is included on the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s MedLine site.

Leah Hollenberger is the Vice President of Marketing, Development, and Community Relations for Copley Hospital. A former award-winning TV and Radio producer, she is the mother of two and lives in Morrisville. Her free time is spent volunteering, cooking, playing outdoors, and producing textile arts. Leah writes about community events, preventive care, and assorted ideas to help one make healthy choices.

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