On Saturday, August 6 at 10:30am, thousands of nursing women and their babies across the United States will gather in their communities to take part in the Big Latch On, America’s first synchronized nursing event. In Oklahoma, a Big Latch On event, sponsored by the Norman Family La Leche League, will take place at Andrew’s Park (201 West Daws) in Norman from 9:00-11:00am.
The event celebrates World Breastfeeding Week, held August 1-7. This year’s theme is “Talk to me! Breastfeeding—a 3D Experience,” recognizing the importance of communication in supporting and encouraging mothers throughout their breastfeeding experience and the value of giving nursing mothers the information they need to be successful. World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in 170 countries around the world and promotes the lifelong benefits of breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is the best way to provide newborns with the nutrients they need. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding until a baby is six months old, and continued breastfeeding with the addition of nutritious complementary foods for up to two years or beyond.
For more information on World Breastfeeding Week, visit www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org. For more information about the Big Latch On in Norman, visit www.biglatchon.org or call Rachel Losey at 405-217-4089.