Numbers needed for Big Latch On

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La Leche League leader Elizabeth Isbister believes that mothers should have confidence in their ability to breastfeed their baby and that it is normal for challenges to arise.

“While breastfeeding is natural, it is a little bit tricky,” she said.

To raise awareness of breastfeeding, Mrs Isbister is organising the Oamaru Big Latch On, which is being held at the Columba Church Hall (off Ure St) on Friday, August 8, at 10am.

Anyone who would like to show their support is welcome to attend. Morning tea will be provided.

“This is a great way to encourage women to breastfeed,” she said.

The Big Latch On is held worldwide and involves groups of mothers latching their babies on simultaneously. Numbers are counted to see if previous records can be broken.

There is an opportunity for mothers to send a selfie of themselves breastfeeding at home if they can’t make a registered venue. Pictures can be uploaded to the Facebook page “The Big Latch On NZ” or for Twitter and Instagram make sure you write the words #BigLatchOnNZ in the caption for your picture.

On the second Monday of each month, Mrs Isbister runs a group for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers to provide support and information. It is held at the Salvation Army Church lounge at 10am.

“Our aim is to provide a supportive environment,” she said.

“It’s proven that women who have support and have peers who breastfeed will continue with it for longer.”

Mrs Isbister is available for people to call and ask for information on telephone Ph 431 7752 or facebook page La Leche League Oamaru.

By LINDA MCCARTHY