"August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month"
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone Office of Women’s Services & The Suffolk County Breastfeeding Coalition
10th Global Big Latch On
Press Conference: Dennison Building, Hauppauge NY
Thursday, August 1,2019 at 11am
The Big Latch On is a global event taking place during World Breastfeeding Week when women worldwide gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other. Their friends, family and community are welcome to join the celebration to promote and support breastfeeding! Volunteers from within the community host each location, hosting a Global Latch On creates a lasting support network for the community.
Moms throughout the world will be "Latching On" and breastfeeding at the same time!
There’s usually a little bit of beautiful chaos, lots of laughter and then some counting. We do have some records to break, which is why we need your help. We count the number children breastfeeding at the same time(the latch count),how many breastfeeding women gathered and the total number of people who come out to show their support, so bring as many friends and family members as you can.
At around 10:30 am we count all the breastfeeding that is happening. It’s a latch on, so a child’s mouth around a breastfeeding women’s breast counts. If you are breastfeeding twins or triplets(or more) counts 2/3 even if they are not all breastfeeding at the same time. We figure that’s fair enough!
Remember no one checks for milk transfer, children do not have to stay latched for the whole time and all ages are very welcome.
We recognize that everyone’s breastfeeding journey looks different and we want the Suffolk County Global Big Latch On to be as fun and inclusive as possible, while still reaching our aims of positively supporting breastfeeding in public and making it a normal part of day to day life.
You can be included in the latch count by latching a child or children; using an supplemental nursing system or nipple shield; expressing milk (hand or pump) or by feeding your child breast milk via an alternative method.
For ALL of our Suffolk County Big Global Latch On sites we have secured the participation of our very own breastfeeding coalition members, whose mission is to provide information and resources will table at all the scheduled sites:
Maternal and infant Community Health Collaborative/SC Dept. of Health, Family Service League, Community ACTION Partnership, EAC ,Long Island Doulas Association, ShopRite Super Market(nutritionist), Fidelis Care, Suffolk County WIC/SC Dept. of Health, Peconic Bay Medical, Huntington Hospital, Health Dolan Family Health Center, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, Stony Brook Medicine WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program, HRHCare Community Health Clinics, Allied Foundation, Suffolk County Minority Health, BFREE
Friday, August 2nd, 2019, 9:30-11:30 am
Dolan Family Health Center - Suffolk County WIC Program
284 Pulaski Rd., Greenlawn, NY
HRHCare Health Center at Brentwood - Suffolk County WIC Program
1869 Brentwood Rd., Brentwood, NY
Peconic Bay Medical Center
Robert Entenmann Campus
4 West 2nd Street
Percy Raynor Park - Stony Brook WIC Program
8 Lucille Drive
South Setauket, NY
South Haven Park - Suffolk County WIC Program
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019, 9:30-11:30 am
Tanner Park - Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaborative