RANSON – Breastfeeding moms of the Eastern Panhandle, unite!
Next weekend, Jefferson Medical Center will host a “Big Latch On,” a nursing awareness event that’s part of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action’s World Breastfeeding Week.
Teresa McCabe, a spokeswoman for University Healthcare, said the hospital’s Aug. 3 gathering of breastfeeding women and their babies and children is aimed at highlighting the benefits of breastmilk.
Jefferson Medical Center’s third-annual Big Latch On will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the hospital’s first-floor conference room. Similar events will be held across the globe Aug. 2 and 3.
McCabe said Big Latch On is open to all area women who are breastfeeding. Tours of the hospital’s obstetrics unit will be offered following the event.
The gathering began in New Zealand in 2005 and soon spread to the United States and other countries.
During last August’s Big Latch On, more than 8,800 babies and children worldwide were counted as breastfeeders, McCabe said.
Want to take part?
Who: Any breastfeeding women and their babies and children
What: Jefferson Medical Center’s third-annual Big Latch On
When: 10:30 a.m. Aug. 3
Where: In the first-floor conference room of the hospital at 300 S. Preston St. in Ranson
Why: To raise awareness of breastfeeding, which the World Health Organization recommends until a baby is at least six months old. WHO officials say nursing contributes to the normal growth and development of babies and children.
To know more: Go to biglatchon.org or contact registered nurse Amy Blue in the Jefferson Medical Center’s Obstetrics Unit at 304-728-1713 or by email at email@example.com.