On Saturday, August 1st, RiseVT joined the celebration of Big Latch On 2015 in Taylor Park hosted by the Vermont Department of Health Saint Albans District Office.

What is The Big Latch?

The Big Latch was started in 2005 in New Zealand and has grown and spread worldwide. Each year on July 30th and August 1st, groups of breastfeeding women come together at registered locations around the world to all latch on their child at a set time. All the breastfeeding women and children are latched on for one minute at the set time and are counted by the witnesses.

The purpose of the Big Latch is to:

  • Support for communities to identify and grow opportunities to provide ongoing breastfeeding support and promotion.
  • Raise awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge available in communities.
  • Help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.
  • Make breastfeeding a normal part of the day-to-day life at a local community level.
  • Increase support for women who breastfeed – women are supported by their partners, family and the breastfeeding knowledge that is embedded in their communities.

In Taylor Park there were over 10 women celebrating with their children.   Worldwide they have counted over 13000 latches so far.

Why RiseVT Supports Breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding has many health benefits for mom and baby that help lead to a healthy life.

Moms that breastfeed experience the following amazing benefits:

  • Burn more calories, which may help you lose the weight you gained during pregnancy.
  • Reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer.
  • Keep bones strong, which helps protect against bone fractures in older age.
  • Release hormones in your body that promote mothering behavior.
  • Return your uterus to the size it was before pregnancy more quickly.
  • Delay the return of your menstrual period to help keep iron in your body.

Breastfeeding provides many benefits for baby as well.

  • Research suggests that breastfeeding may help to protect against obesity, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma, eczema, colitis, and some cancers.
  • Breastfeeding provides warmth and closeness. The physical contact helps create a special bond between mother and baby.

Human milk has many benefits.

  • It’s easier for your baby to digest.
  • It doesn’t need to be prepared.
  • It’s always available.
  • It has all the nutrients, calories, and fluids your baby needs to be healthy.
  • It has growth factors that ensure the best development of your baby’s organs.
  • It has many substances that formulas don’t have that protect your baby from many diseases and infections. In fact, breastfed babies are less likely to have:
    • Ear infections
    • Diarrhea
    • Pneumonia, wheezing, and bronchiolitis
    • Other bacterial and viral infections, such as meningitis

*Information from healthychildren.org

How RiseVT collaborates with communities to support breastfeeding? 

RiseVT collaborates with schools, businesses, and municipalities on how they can be a part of supporting such an important healthy activity.  We connect you to our local resource at the Vermont Department of Health Saint Albans District Office to look out how you can increase awareness, support and knowledge around breastfeeding.

RiseVT was thrilled to be a part of Big Latch and can’t wait to see what the final numbers are.