Big latch-on coming … with prizes

Yvonne Foreman, who bought La Leche to NZ

Mums taking part in Te Awamutu’s Virtual Big Latch On, being held via Zoom on August 6, will have the opportunity to win a few great prizes.

Te Awamutu La Leche League leader Aisling Osborne said one of their members had gone around local businesses and drummed up a number of spot prizes for supporters of the Latch On initiative.

“There will be some great prizes … we’d encourage as many women to join in as possible,” she said.

The Big Latch On is again timed to coincide with World Breastfeeding Week, which runs from August 1 to 7.  The mass breastfeeding event was started by New Zealand’s Women’s Health Action group in 2005 to encourage and support breastfeeding in as many communities as possible. It has become a global event which in recent years has gone ‘virtual’, with communities trying to outdo one another in the number of mothers they can encourage to participate on the day.

Aisling said the Te Awamutu La Leche League, which attracts pregnant women and new mothers from across the region, is back to full strength following a slow-down during the Covid-19 lockdown. Meetings are held from 10am to noon on the second Wednesday of every month, at the Kindergarten Room at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Mutu St, and newcomers are welcome.

This year’s Big Latch On in Te Awamutu will start at 9.50am on Friday August 6. Those wanting to take part should contact the group via the Breastfeeding Support – La Leche League Te Awamutu Facebook page, where they will get Zoom log-in details.

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