World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, is celebrated every year in 120 countries and marks the signing of the WHO/UNICEF document Innocenti Declaration, which lists the benefits of breastfeeding, plus global and governmental goals.
To mark this occasion, thousands of breastfeeding women and their babies/children across the world will gather in their own communities to take part in the Global Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event in multiple locations. Our local Big Latch On will take place on Saturday 5th August 2017 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at the University of South Florida College of Public Health in Tampa.
The Tampa Bay Breastfeeding Task Force will be kicking off National Breastfeeding Month with a celebration co-sponsored by Tampa General Hospital, the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough, and Green Mommy Store. This will be the sixth time the Task Force has hosted this annual World Breastfeeding Week event.
At 10:30 am, guests will participate in The BIG Global Latch On 2015 and all lactating mothers actively feeding their children or pumping breast milk from 10:30 am – 10:31 am will be counted towards the world wide record.
This celebratory event will include family friendly activities, including a kid play area, a raffle, food and refreshments, resources from the community, and local vendors. Mothers, fathers, professionals and community champions from all over Tampa Bay are encouraged to join the celebration and show their support for breastfeeding families.
Breastfeeding remains an important public health topic. Breastfeeding contributes to the normal growth and development of babies/children, and babies/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.
For more information, visit tbbreastfeeding.org or find us @tbbreastfeeding
WHO: Tampa Bay Breastfeeding Task Force
WHEN / WHERE: August 5, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 1 PM
USF College of Public Health
13201 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612