By: Valerie Valcour
WE ARE ON THE MAP! During International World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7 (this week!) the Lamoille Family Center and the Vermont Department of Health are partnering to host the 2016 Global Big Latch On. We will be joining other registered locations around the world celebrating breastfeeding. Women and their children will gather together to breastfeed and offer peer-to-peer support. Friends, family and community members are encouraged to join in this celebration to show their support for breastfeeding.
This free event will be held on Saturday, August 6th from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Lamoille Family Center (480 Cady’s Falls Road, Morrisville, VT). Light refreshments will be provided. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to 888-5229 x141.
Some of the goals of the Big Latch On are to:
- Help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.
- Raise awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge available locally and globally.
- Make breastfeeding a normal part of day-to-day life at a local community level.
The Big Latch On has grown from two countries participating in 2010 to 28 countries participating in 2015. There could be over 15,000 participating breastfeeding women and children this year!
Please consider attending this community event. Reach out to Carol Lang-Godin at the Lamoille Family Center 888-5229 x141 if you have questions. We hope to see you there!
Valerie Valcour is a Public Health Nurse and specializes in chronic disease prevention and emergency preparedness at the community level for the Department of Health in Morrisville. Valerie has lived in Lamoille County most of her life. She graduated from People’s Academy in 1983 and worked as a nurse at Copley Hospital for several years. In addition to her work, she volunteers as a board member of both Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley and the Lamoille County Planning Commission.