Last year, over 200 mothers and babies gathered on the steps of the Hamilton County Judicial Building and fed their babies, thus participating in Central Indiana’s Big Latch On

This year, for 2017, Breastfeeding World is doing it again with Central Indiana’s Big Latch On! With the help of our volunteers, sponsors, and donors, we are “Spreading the Breastfeeding Love” in Central Indiana by hosting our Second Annual Big Latch On and Community event!

On August 5, 2017, at exactly 10am, mothers and babies (and/or their pumps) will gather on the steps of the West Lawn of the Judicial Building in Noblesville Indiana. Together, you will unite with mothers across the World in nursing our babies for one whole minute.

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What is the Global Big Latch On?

The Latch

The Global Big Latch On takes place at registered locations around the world,where women gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other. Their friends, family and community join this celebration to promote and support breastfeeding. Volunteers from within the community host each location, hosting a Global Big Latch On creates a lasting support network for the community.

What to expect at a Global Big Latch On location?

There’s usually a little bit of beautiful chaos, lots of laughter and then some counting. We do have some records to break, which is why we need your help. We count the number of children breastfeeding at the same time (the latch count), how many breastfeeding women gathered and the total number of people who come out to show their support, so bring as
many friends and family members as you can.
At around 10.30am we count all the breastfeeding that is happening. It’s a latch on, so a child’s mouth around a breastfeeding womans’ nipple counts. If you are breastfeeding
twins or triplets (or more!) counts 2/ 3 even if they are not all breastfeeding at the same time. We figure that’s fair enough!
Remember no one checks for milk transfer, children do not have to stay latched for the whole time and all ages are very welcome.
We recognize that everyone’s breastfeeding journey looks different and we want the Global Big Latch On to be as fun and inclusive as possible, while still reaching our aims of positively supporting breastfeeding in public and making it a normal part of day to day life.You can be included in the latch count by latching a child or children; using an supplemental nursing system or nipple shield; expressing milk (hand or pump) or by feeding your child breast milk via an alternative method.

Find out more on their website!

Breastfeeding World’s Big Latch On Community Events

Last year was Breastfeeding World’s first year organizing Tri-state Level Events. We hosted Latch On’s at Times Square in NYC, Martha’s Vineyard, and of course here, in Hamilton County. Together, we celebrated breastfeeding within our unique communities.

Check out our promotional video from last year, made by our founder, Alexia Garcia of Alegares Photography:

What can you expect from this years Central Indiana’s Big Latch On?

First, upon arrival, check in for Nursing Mama’s begins at 9:15, with the Latch itself beginning at exactly 10:00am. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to find parking! The county told us we are welcome to use the employee lot south of SR 32. There will also be an art fair going on downtown on the Square, not to mention the Farmer’s Market a few blocks away, so don’t get those confused with the Latch and picnic! Central Indiana’s Big Latch On & Family Picnic will take place on the West Lawn of the Judicial Center- this is behind the official courthouse building.

But don’t leave after the Latch On, because the fun is only just getting started at Central Indiana’s Big Latch On & Family Picnic

As every mother who has ever put a babe to the breast knows, Breastfeeding isn’t always just about the latch. The same goes with our event- it’s not only about the latch here either! It’s about self-care. Finding Support. Discovering our village. And the Free Stuff.

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OK, so the free stuff has nothing to do with breastfeeding, but it does have to do with our event! Our supportive sponsors generously donated incredible Raffle items or our participants and their families. Every pre-registered pregnant or nursing mother will receive a free ticket along with a swag bag, filled with amazing goodies (Like sunscreen samples from Goddess Gardens, Tubby Todd Baby Wash, an organic bamboo nursing pad package from Kindred Bravely, Mary Kay Samples, and an Amber Teething Necklace from Baltic Essentials)from our sponsors.

Along with your free raffle ticket, you may earn them by participating in games on our event page, speaking with our advocates, or you may purchase extra tickets at $1 each. All proceeds from our raffle baskets go towards the Indy Chapter of Breastfeeding USA.

How to Participate in Central Indiana’s Big Latch On

Latch on Participant: Breastfeeding World Presents: Central Indiana's Big Latch OnMothering, mothering advice, friendship, advice, advice for new moms, tired of advice, breastfeeding world  Are you a Breastfeeding or Pumping Parent with a nursling? Let us know to expect you, get a free raffle ticket and swag bag by Pre-Registering Here! Then all you have to do is show up the day of and check in! 

As a Volunteer:Breastfeeding World presents Central Indiana's Big Latch On, Central Indiana's Big latch on, Volunteers, breastfeeding event, global latch on Everyone at Breastfeeding World volunteers our time and love because of our passion for the breastfeeding community. Interested in helping make this event possible? Please email Lauren Lewis at LSLewis@breastfeedingworld.org

 

About our Photographer

It’s our pleasure to partner with our Central Indiana Breastfeeding World Photographer, Jenni Effinger at Quite Dandy Photography. Jenni is a passionate local mama, who has dedicated herself to the moms in central Indiana not onlu by donating her time to covering our Latch On, but also through our combined Breastfeeding Mini Sessions. 

Nicole’s Photoshoot 

 

Jennifer Effinger is the proud mother of Kellan (2 years old). She Currently lives in Greenfield, Indiana. Her Photography Company, Quite Dandy, focuses on Lifestyle, Natural Light photography. She loves capturing genuine interactions, and specializes in children, families, breastfeeding, and births. Jennifer joined our Breastfeeding World Team as a Photographer because she loves capturing the precious moments of childhood. After all, what is more precious than the bond between mother and child? Find out more, or book a session, by emailing her at quitedandyphotography@gmail.com.

About our Sponsors

Breastfeeding World is a Volunteer run, self-funded and non-profit organization. We rely on donations like those from our sponsors to make these event’s possible. Supporting their businesses is a great way to let them know you think we are a great cause!

Kindred Bravely

Kindred Bravely is an amazing, mother-centered business. Just like motherhood, Kindred Bravely is built on love. And that love has literally been poured into each item of clothing in their line. They sell amazing and SUPPORTIVE (goodness knows that’s hard to find, especially for moms with ginormous boobs!) nursing bra’s, tanks, pajamas, and even beautiful C-Section underwear! Make sure you hunt down _____,

Baltic Essentials

We can’t even contain our excitement about working with Baltic Essentials; On top of their generous Raffle donations, they are donating an amber teething necklace in Every. Single. Swag bag. Find out more about them here!

Mommy Con

Speaking of Swag Bags…. Mommy Con is donating ALL of the bags needed for EACH event! What is Mommy Con?

MommyCon is a nationwide convention series dedicated to creating and nurturing a community of parents and parents-to-be in celebration of natural parenting.

MommyCon takes a gentle and positive approach to educating parents about the emotional and physical benefits of natural birthing, breastfeeding and babywearing. We advocate values of holistic health, eco-friendly diapering, child safety standards and procedures, and female self-care and wellness. Our mission is to create a community of support, acceptance and non-judgement for women journeying through parenthood.

We are so grateful to MommyCon for donating bags to fill with amazing swag for all the moms in our Central Indiana Breastfeeding World!

Keep Collective with Michelle Neuman

Advanced Breastfeeding Care with Lisa Lahey, RN, IBCLC

Vendors!

Part of the community part of our event is our amazing vendors. From LulaRoe and Young Living, to Homemade, local stores, to our local breastfeeding advocates and health care professionals, our vendors are the people in our community who are support breastfeeding families in any way possible.

 

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Among our Vendors, you may expect:

Newman Family Dentistry (Dr. Mikel Newman is THE tongue tie expert in our area!

 

Young Living Essential Oils by Cathy Muir

Breastfeeding USA

 

The Milk Bank

April Brake, Serene Midwifery

Vanessa Emery, Car Seat Safety Tech

 

Joyful Bubbles

Purely Maternal, Aimbriel Lasley

Mary Kay, Kristie Kennedy

 

Neurium Skin Care

Paparazzi, Tammy Yowell

Tupperware, Lynn Howley

 

Agnes & Dora, Amanda Burris

Peaceful Source Midwifery Laura Gibb, RN, CNM

Fundanoodle

 

So Come and Join us! Peruse our Vendors, throw down your picnic blanket, whip out a breast, feed your baby, and find support. You don’t want to miss out on the family event of the year!

Be sure to join us in our social media accounts and be up to date with the progress of our project!
And… Don’t forget to share your brelfies using our hashtag
#BreastfeedingWorld

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Lauren Lewis

Family Daycare Provider at Lauren's Little Ones
As a Family Childcare provider and blogger at The Playground Chronicles, I am the wearer of many hats. I am a Mommy, a Wife, a Teacher, and a Businesswoman. I am also a Breastfeeder, Babywearer, Cloth Diaperer. A Writer, Crafter, Reader, Cook, and a Friend.My life is full of busy, crazy and LOUD. It is full of love and hope, ups and downs. And coffee, always lots of coffee-but I wouldn't have it any other way.
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