Do you have a baby on the boob? Then you should know that August 1 -7 is National Breastfeeding Week! Check out some of the local events taking place over the next few days, and then bookmark this post for the list of resources.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
McAllen Public Library
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Gather to raise awareness about the health benefits of breastfeeding for mom, child and family. All this is part of World Breastfeeding Week 2018, an international effort to improve the health of women and children globally. As part of the Big Latch On, groups of breastfeeding women coming 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 numbers are added up and we see if we can beat previous Big Latch On records or maybe even the world record!
The Big Latch On supports communities with identifying and growing opportunities to provide ongoing breastfeeding support and promotion. The key to the Big Latch On’s success is allowing communities to hold their Big Latch On events, empowering them to create an event that relates to the people of their community, while still taking part in a worldwide event.
Aims of the Big Latch On
- 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.
- Communities have the resources to advocate for coordinated appropriate and accessible breastfeeding support services.
Registration for participants will be from 9:45-10:15am
Resources & Support:
La Leche League of South Texas: Find a meeting close to home!
Texas Breastfeeding Coalition: Know your rights, join support groups, find local milk banks, and more.
Lactation Care Center RGV (McAllen): Offering FREE education, support and assistance!
Stork’s Nest Infant and Family Nutrition (Brownsville): Breastfeeding support, lactation consultants, and supplies.
Blissful Baby (Edinburg): Offering Breastfeeding info series for moms-to-be.
Stories & Advice:
Over the past few years, our team of contributors have shared their personal breastfeeding journeys, along with some amazing advice and delicious recipes for boosting milk supply!
It’s Just Milk: 6 Tips for Breastfeeding Your Baby in Public: Practical advice for every nursing mama!
Celebrate Breastfeeding: Listen to Claudia and learn about available resources. You’re not alone.
Advice You Don’t Read About in Books: Anastasia breaks it down from what to wear to how to latch.
Lactation Cookies: This recipe is a tried and true hit!
Lactation Brownies: Or maybe brownies are more your thing?
The Breastfeeding 15: It’s ok if the baby weight doesn’t magically disappear. After all, you are feeding a human.
Share any events, advice, or support for breastfeeding moms in the comments below.