This past August 5th, Breastfeeding World hosted its very first Big Latch On on Martha’s Vineyard. After weeks of planning and hard work it was very exciting for our team to see it all come to live.
Sixteen island moms joined us in Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs on this marvelous morning to take part of our iconic events full of smiles and happy moments but most importantly to make history together with the global big latch on.
It was the first time an event like this has taken place on the island and we couldn’t be more proud to have been the ones that brought it here.
It was a real success!
We had a total of 48 breastfeeding supporters including volunteers, participants and companions; sixteen nursing moms and 15 latched babies.
For Alexia Garcia, Breastfeeding World’s creator and founder: “The vineyard big latch on was a total success, this being our first official year doing it here on the island I consider we had a great turnout. As founder of Breastfeeding World my goal is to keep on promoting breastfeeding everywhere I go but most importantly showcasing our communities that nursing your child in public (with out without a cover) is normal, it’s healthy and it’s extremely necessary.”
After the latch on Alexia Garcia and her junior volunteers, Ianna Oliveira and Nicole Menton had a sursprise raffle for all the attendees. Moms had the opportunity to meet friends and most importantly make new friends who as them, are going through the same breastfeeding journey.
“My favorite part of the event was being surrounded by other mamas and feeling the love we all have for our babies and for each other. I also loved the comment “when someone tells me I shouldn’t breastfeed in public I just want to put a heavy blanket over their head and watch them try to eat a hamburger” made by one of the attending moms.” – Emilee Valenti
Martha’s Vineyard’s Big Latch on was part of Breastfeeding World’s initiative to bring these types of breastfeeding awareness events to smaller communities around the USA. This year we hosted our First Annual Hamilton County Big Latch On in Noblesville, Indiana as well as our Second Annual Big Latch on in Times Square, NYC. All three events were a success bringing together 700 breastfeeding supporters and 223 nursing mothers.
Breastfeeding World is informed by the principles of community development, providing the opportunity for breastfeeding women to get together in their local communities, create friendships and most importantly the support system that every new mother needs.
Thank You to Breastfeeding World’s Latch On Sponsors
Breastfeeding World is a small self-funded and non-profit organization. The Martha’s Vineyard Big Latch On would not be possible without our Sponsors, and All Star Donators. Please be sure to thank them for their commitment to breastfeeding by patronizing their businesses.
Special Thank you to our All Star Donators (Companies that donated to all three events!)
Bessies Best: Lactation Cookies
Earth Mama & Baby
Fine & Dandy Pins
The places you’ll feed – Lauren Belden
Sally Weans from night nursing – Leslie Mitchell
Blend & Bend Organics
Please enjoy the amazing pictures of our event
by Alegares Photography
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