The international theme for 2017 is SUSTAINING BREASTFEEDING TOGETHER
World Breastfeeding Week 2017 celebrates the link between breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an international blueprint for global commitment and action towards equitable development, transforming our world by 2030.
Over the week we'll post stories and tips about breastfeeding at work on our Waikato DHB Facebook page, and on this page.
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More information about this year's theme
Big Latch On events will begin at about 10am - this allows for the women and their babies to settle at the venue.
Note: Most events are on Friday 4 August, but some are on Saturday 5 August.
The Big Latch On time is at 10.30am - the requirements are that babies are latched on for a 2 minute period at this time and the numbers are checked and counted by two independent adjudicators (identified by the person registering the event).
So come and join us!
All you need to do is arrive at 10am and prepare to latch your baby to the breast in time for the 'count' at 10.30am.
You are welcome at any of the events listed.
Most events will offer a hot drink and perhaps something else.
The Big Latch On is an event which involves women gathering together at registered venues to breastfeed and to offer peer support to the other breastfeeding women in their community. Family, whānau, friends and breastfeeding supporters from the community also attend the events to support and promote breastfeeding. Individuals and community groups volunteer to organise and host Big Latch On venues across the country.
The Big Latch On was started by Women’s Health Action in 2005. The event is now a worldwide peer support, community development event aiming to strengthen national and global support for breastfeeding, to improve the health of children around the world, last year there were Big Latch On events held in 31 different countries.