By Sharon Osbourne, Tamariki Ora/Outreach Nurse
The Big Latch On is a worldwide event which takes place every year. It celebrates and promotes breast feeding.
This year’s event took place on August 3rd and in Wairau was held at the Clubs of Marlborough.
Local health professionals and a group of volunteer mums helped organise this year’s Big Latch On.
This year we had 46 babies and children who all latched at the same time which is a marked improvement from the last couple of years. Last year there was just 26 participants.
After the latch on, there is a prize-giving. Te Piki Oranga kindly donated prizes, see pictures attached. These prizes went to the "youngest baby breast feeding", the oldest feeder, tandem feeders and to mums who have fed more than 4 children. Plunket and La Leche League also donated prizes.
The event had a great atmosphere and was a real celebration of breast feeding. With wonderful community groups working together, this year’s latch on was a resounding success.