On Friday 1st August, military breasts feeding mums in Dhekelia took part in the global Big Latch On 2014, to celebrate the benefits of breast feeding babies.
Organised by Jo Wood, the SSAFA ESBA Community Midwife and Infant Feeding Advisor, the Dhekelia Health Zone event was just one of many taking place worldwide. At exactly 10am, the four Dhekelia mums raised their hand to signify their baby had ‘Latched On’ and then breastfeed their babies for at least one minute, in unison with thousands of other mums around the globe.
The Big Latch On event started in New Zealand in 2005 to promote breast feeding and has be gaining worldwide popularity every since. Going from strength-to-strength, in 2013, 14,536 children were breastfed at 845 locations in 28 countries.
Dhekelia’s Health Zone, run by SSAFA’s professional staff and supported by volunteers, is now providing a forum for families and mothers five days a week providing specialist advice and support, including tips on breastfeeding.
Held every Wednesday, 8-12 at the Amenities Centre, Mums and Dads are all welcome to come along with their youngsters to swap advice and tips with other parents, as well as consulting the SSAFA staff in private. Children can also play in SSAFA’s sensory play area in front of the Health Zone. In addition, events such as healthy cooking demonstrations are held periodically. Check the Health Zone page for more details.
For more info visit: www.biglatchon.org.