Last year 14,536 children across 845 locations in 28 countries were recorded as breastfeeding during the Global Big Latch On – a world record for the most children simultaneously breastfeeding. “We hope to break that record this year,” said Kerry Ann Humphrey, the lactation specialist at Dixie Regional who is coordinating the local event. “We’ll begin at 10 a.m. although the actual simultaneous breastfeeding for one minute will occur at 10:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be offered.”
The first Big Latch On took place in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2005 and was introduced in the United States in 2010. It is now celebrated in more than 120 countries.
Humphrey said breastfeeding contributes to the normal growth and development of infants, lowering the risk of infant morbidity and mortality, adult obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer (in both mother 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.
Dixie Regional also hosts a milk depot. Moms may bring donated breast milk that is then sent to the Mother’s Milk Bank in Denver. There it is cleaned and sent for use by infants in the Intermountain west. For more information about the milk depot or breastfeeding, please call (435) 688-5440.