LACONIA — A gathering is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, in Laconia to mark the importance and value of breastfeeding.
On Saturday at 10:30 a.m. breastfeeding women and their babies will gather in the garden outside the Laconia Public Library to mark the Big Latch On, a worldwide synchronized breastfeeding event. The Latch On is organized by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action to mark World Breastfeeding Week which runs from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7.
In case of rainy weather the local Latch On will take place in Rotary Hall on the lower level of the library.
Promoters of the Big Latch On say the event is a way of demonstrating the breastfeeding contributes to the normal growth and development of babies/children, and babies/children who are not breastfed are at increased risk of infant morbidity and mortality, adult obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer (both mom and baby.)
They note that the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a baby's life to optimize these benefits, continuing to breastfeed for two years and as long thereafter as is mutually desired by a woman and her child.