BOOBAPALOOZA: The Big Latch On
(international breastfeeding in unison event)
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday August 4
- Congress Elementary School, 940 Baldwin St. SE, Grand Rapids.
- For breastfeeding moms, their babies and children as well as community and family members who support breastfeeding.
August 1 through 7 every year, The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action organizes World Breastfeeding Week to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support. Celebrated in 120 countries, World Breastfeeding Week marks the signing of the WHO/UNICEF document Innocenti Declaration, which lists the benefits of breastfeeding along with global and governmental goals.
To mark this occasion, thousands of breastfeeding women, their babies and children across the world will gather in their own communities to take part in the Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event in multiple locations.
To celebrate the Big Latch On and normalize breasts and breastfeeding, Free 2 Feed GR is hosting BOOBAPALOOZA as Grand Rapids’ Big Latch On event 10 a.m. to noon Saturday August 4 at Congress Elementary School, 940 Baldwin St. SE,
The first Big Latch On took place in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2005. It was introduced to the US in Portland, Oregon in 2010. In 2011, 5687 women participated in the Global Big Latch On, including 57 moms and babies right here in Grand Rapids. This year organizers of the event are aiming to help break the world record. The Big Latch On is informed by the principles of community development, providing the opportunity for breastfeeding women to get together in their local communities, host their own events, and identify opportunities for on-going support.
Free 2 Feed GR’s big goal is to establish a local resource guide to mothers to find establishments in Grand Rapids who support nursing mothers by simply allowing them to nurse wherever they are otherwise allowed to be. This will be the first resource guide of its kind, meaning Grand Rapids could be the first ‘official’ Free 2 Feed city in the country. Free 2 Feed GR’s goal is to promote breastfeeding as a normal, healthy and respected choice within the Grand Rapids community and beyond.
Did you know?
- Breastfeeding contributes to the normal growth and development of babies and children.
- Children who are not breastfed are at increased risk of infant morbidity and mortality, adult
obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and premenopausal breast cancer and
ovarian cancer (both mom and baby.)
- The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a baby’s life to optimize these benefits, continuing to breastfeed for 2 years and as long thereafter as is mutually desired by a woman and her child.