Mums urged to latch babies on for record

Breastfeeding women in Palmerston North are encouraged to gather next week for the Big Latch On - and attempt to break the record for group nursing action.

The annual event, which celebrates world Breastfeeding Week, is a partnership between health organisations, community groups and friends to support mothers who breastfeed.

More than 1000 women across the country have pre-registered for the event on August 2.

Last year a record was set in New Zealand of 1571 women breastfeeding simultaneously.

Palmerston North Community Birth Services breastfeeding co-ordinator Rachel Werie said about the same number of women from Palmerston North were expected to join in this year but there was room for more. "Last year we had about 27 babies with mums and a few toddlers thrown in there too," she said.

"It was a sort of bubbly, excited feel, which was supportive and inspiring to encourage other mums to breastfeed.

"It's an opportunity to rekindle friendships and meet other mums in similar circumstances from the Palmerston North area."

Women's Health Action has co-ordinated the Big Latch On in New Zealand since 2005 with funding provided by the Ministry of Health.

It is now a global event with 21 other countries participating.

Women are invited to Community Birth Services, Level 2, Westside Chambers, 151 The Square for Latch On at 10.30am.

Manawatu Standard