The Big Latch on 2014 was held at 10:30am EST on August 2, 2014 in Hillsborough County at Pizza Fusion in Downtown Tampa, as my location to be counted. When all was said and done the world record was not broken this year. At my location alone, 74 babies latched on at the same time! Davin (8 months) got counted for latching on to me and not being distracted! It was a beautiful sight and that moment in time went by faster than any minute I have ever encountered. The room silenced as the latch started and we all burst into cheers when the minute was over! Over 100 women, children, and supportive family members came together to unite for The Big Latch On and show their support to normalize breastfeeding.This event is held once a year in August during Global Breastfeeding Week of Breastfeeding Awareness Month. I can’t wait to attend again!
The provisional counts are in and
“On Friday 1st August and Saturday 2nd August at 10:30am each day, women and their children came together round the world and breastfed simultaneously as part of the Global Big Latch On.
This year the Big Latch On has grown with 826 locations registered across 31 countries. Our final count numbers are as follows (all numbers are provisional):
13,798 children breastfeeding during the one-minute count
14,173 breastfeeding women attended
23,906 people attended registered Global Big Latch On locations to support breastfeeding.
“We are so close to the Global Big Latch On record (14,536 set in 2013) and this year we have grown to include more countries than ever before and to become more inclusive. We look forward to next year with excitement and we know that numbers are not the whole story. This event builds communities one latch at a time, increases support for all families and helps to change global culture around breastfeeding. It is really important that we continue to make breastfeeding in public a normal and supported part of having a child.”
“Congratulations to everyone.”
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.
I was joined by a few local friends: Jana and her family with 7 month old Evan, older sister Sara, and husband Ryan were front and center with me! I loved how the whole family jumped in with custom shirts to advocate the cause! From I love boobies for Evan and Dad, to Mommy’s Milk Bar for Mom, and I was weaned for Sara! Having the support of your family is so important as so many still like to shame mothers for breastfeeding not only in public but for extended time, trying to define when a child should be weaned off. That is a personal decision between a baby and the mother! Everyone who loves that mother and baby should stand by and be supportive.
Jenn Sledge had the support of her oldest child Christian, while baby Hannah (9 months) latched on to be counted! She came babywearing and all! As you can see after the eventful moments we had, baby Hannah was not only tired but in a milk coma!
Jessica M. and 6 week old baby Mateo made an appearance as well! They are no strangers to hopping around town to be with the other parents of the local area! I met her a few weeks ago at a Mom’s night out and her newborn is addicted to that breast milk! He will grow up to be big and strong with all that good food he is getting! He is already a professional at the latching and got counted for our city!
When people ask me why I am such an advocate and why I press so hard for breastfeeding to be taken seriously, I look at all these beautiful Moms and babies and see what was intended for the human race. Formula is needed for many who can not offer their breast milk for one reason or another but it is not a reason to take away the amazing ability we as Moms have, that choose to continue to feed our children the way our breasts were meant to be used for.
I hear it plenty enough that I need to start weaning Davin, not do it in public, what? NOT FEED MY CHILD?!? Oh wait, I am permitted and allowed if I cover him with a blanket. OK, well let me hand you a blanket next time you are about to stuff your face with a burger and fries. Not cozy eh? Well think about the children. So many women want to breastfeed and learn more but are scared because they are shot down from other people in their families who shame them. I have been told that I am degrading myself or have no self respect for posting photos me breastfeeding or going to this event. I call that ignorance. The law protects me unless I am in Idaho. This is the most natural thing someone can do for their baby.
Why shame a woman for wanting to provide the best nutrition for her child? You don’t like to see a boob? Please don’t ever go to the beach, a swimming pool, or god forbid…Wal-mart! In my state of Florida, I have the right to feed my child anywhere at anytime. Look up your state laws! Someone telling you that you can not feed your child 99% of the time is incorrect and quite frankly doing something illegal to ask you to cover up or leave. Take a stance and make breastfeeding NORMAL. It is a NORMAL thing and should not be a shame game! I support you!
Here are a few facts taken from The Big Latch On Website.
We all know how important breastfeeding is. This way we can show everyone just how much we all value breastfeeding and support all women as they grow the next generation.
Plus, it’s a really good way to spend time with other women and families, and have a lot of fun – maybe a coffee and some cake as well!
14536 women and their children came together and breastfed simultaneously as part of the Big Latch On in 2013.
Author: Nichole Arnold
I’m the owner of Mommy Needs a Bottle . I’m a 30- something wine enthusiast that resides in Tampa, FL. I love family traditions, traveling, cooking, baking, reading, fashion, tattoos, beauty products, and being a Mommy! I have a background in marketing, public relations, copywriting, and sales.