Ely mums take part in global breastfeeding event

Ely mums take part in global breastfeeding event

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Twelve mums from across East Cambridgeshire took part in a mass breastfeeding session as part of Ely’s first ever Big Latch On event.
Organised by the Ely branch of the NCT, the event was also attended by a member of the breastfeeding team as well as local breastfeeding counsellor Megan Stephenson.
Megan said: “All the training and expertise on the world can’t beat the value of talking to another mother with a baby about the same age and realising that she’s going through the same experience.”

13950906_10206925832687261_1387789411_oThe Global Big Latch On is an awareness campaign, which aims to encourage women to breastfeed and offer support to each other.

It also aims to help people see breastfeeding in public as being socially acceptable and normal.

Picture: Daniel Branco
Picture: Daniel Branco

Breastfeeding has long-term benefits for babies, lasting right into adulthood.

According to the NHS it can reduce infections, diarrhoea and vomiting in babies and lessen the chances of getting childhood leukaemia, type two diabetes and obesity in children.

Picture: Marek Bernat
Picture: Marek Bernat

Women’s Health Action launched the Big Latch On in New Zealand in 2005. Since then, the campaign has gone from strength to strength, growing internationally in a bid to publicise the benefits of breastfeeding.

Last year 15,336 women managed to breastfeed 14,889 children in 654 locations across 28 countries as part of the Global Big Latch On.

As well as taking part in the worldwide celebration of breastfeeding, the Ely NCT provided refreshments, toys and activities to entertain babies and toddlers and a sling library.