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Fayette County Health Department, Mindful Moms hosting event as part of World Breastfeeding Week

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will be partnering with Mindful Moms of the Bluegrass and the Global Big Latch On to host a breastfeeding event, where women gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other.

Friends, family and community can also join this celebration to promote and support breastfeeding. Lexington’s Big Latch On will take place during World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-7) on Saturday, Aug. 5 in Pleasant Ridge Park.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. with the official “latch on” taking place at 10:30 a.m.

The Big Latch On aims to protect, promote and support breastfeeding families by:

• Providing support for communities to identify and grow opportunities to offer ongoing breastfeeding support and promotion in local communities.
• Raising awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge available locally and globally.
• Helping communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.
• Making breastfeeding a normal part of day-to-day life at a local community level.
• Increasing support for women who breastfeed – women are supported by their partners, family and their communities.
• Ensuring communities have the resources to advocate for coordinated appropriate and accessible breastfeeding support services

The Global Big Latch On is a highly successful, targeted community development initiative that raises awareness of breastfeeding, encourages the formation of support networks between breastfeeding women, and aims to normalize breastfeeding as a part of daily life. The Lexington event is one of many activities throughout August to celebrate breastfeeding and breastmilk-feeding families in Kentucky.

For additional information, like the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Details are also available at www.lexingtonhealthdepartment.org.

From Lexington Fayette County Health Department

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