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Big Latch On

August 6, 2011 by staff 

Big Latch OnBig Latch On, This worldwide event aimed at breaking the record for breastfed babies simultaneously, takes place locally on Saturday at Elizabeth Park.


Janet Parks Middletown Simone does not believe that a mother breastfeeding her child in public a form of activism, but a room full of women breastfeeding in a cafe – Closed during the Great La Leche League A – may be just that.

“Nobody is going to ask 20 women to cover, for example,” says Parks, a leader of La Leche League accredited since April. “But it is completely absent from this event.”

On Saturday at 10:30 am at various locations around the country – and locally at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford – witnesses record the number of mothers who breastfeed their children for a full minute.

It is an attempt to break the record set in October 2010 when there were 9826 nursing mothers in 325 sites in 16 countries.

The event will conclude the World Breastfeeding Week, observed August 1 to 7 in over 120 countries.

Parks, who is breastfeeding her daughter, age 2, daughter of Orion, is a trained ballet dancer and teacher in the New Haven Ballet. During pregnancy, Parks and her husband took childbirth classes together and she was encouraged to look to become a LLL leader. “It was a big call for me,” he says.

She and her husband Brian are certified to teach the Bradley Method of natural childbirth (also known as husband-coach of delivery).

The parks have spread the word about LATCH Great Saturday at Middlesex Hospital group breastfeeding support, lifelong Rocky Hill and the Center for Community Health Center Family Welfare. However, she cannot guess how many women get on Javapalooza.

“It could be 10 of us or could be swarming the place.”

As for public reaction to latch Big? “I would not mind to be classified as active in some way. The idea is to normalize breastfeeding. It is a feminist issue – a hot topic,” says Parks.

The coffee shop was a natural choice for this event, the parks, he says, because it is great, she knows the owner, Neil Dinerman, and when she approached him about the event – which was a great support.

“He is an advocate of breastfeeding,” says Parks. It turns out that his son who is now 13 years old, was breastfed.

As for Orion, Parks says that when it comes time to wean is a decision that is going to do together.

“What’s comfortable for us,” says Parks.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least a year or more as the mother and baby desire. The World Health Organization recommends continued breastfeeding until 2 years or more. The event at Elizabeth Park begins at 10 am on Saturday, August 6.

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