Promoting the Global Breastfeeding Efforts Locally
St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center was proud to participate in the Global Big Latch On—an annual celebration that takes place over three days during World Breastfeeding Week, held in August (1-7) across the world. The Global Big Latch On, initiated in 2010 by Small Beginnings Group, LLC, under the leadership of Joanne Edwards, had one mission then which is still fostered now—aimed at protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding families in local communities.
In 2010, only 2 countries participated in the mission-driven celebration—with only 147 events recorded across the globe. This year, according to statistics released from The Global Big Latch On, 60,000 people around the world participated, with 778 events recorded in 28 countries. The growing number is a testament to the success of the grassroots efforts to spread awareness about breastfeeding.
St. Catherine of Siena’s Maternity staff joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone at a local Global Big Latch On celebration held at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge on Friday, August 3, 2018. At the event, Executive Bellone announced the county’s commitment to install a state-of-the-art ADA compliant mobile lactation station pod that will be located in the Suffolk County Family Court Building in Central Islip.
Executive Bellone said during a press conference, “nursing mothers need a place that provides privacy and dignity to breastfeed their children—the family courthouse is important, because of the amount of mothers that pass through with small children.”
As the only Baby-Friendly designated hospital in Suffolk County, St. Catherine’s staff were at the event to support these efforts and raise awareness of the many benefits of breastfeeding, encouraging communities to provide positive support in public places. “We are pleased to be here today to spread awareness about the pre and post lactation support offered at St. Catherine of Siena medical Center, which is free, and to remind the Long Island community that breastfeeding is a normal part of day to day life,” said St. Catherine’s Lactation and Perinatal Education Clinical Nurse Specialist Kristen Thayer, MSN, RNC, IBCLC.
St. Catherine of Siena offers free lactation support facilitated by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
For more information or to register for a free lactation support group, call (631) 870-3444.