BREAST IS BEST: Taking part in the Ipswich version of The Big Latch On at Queens Park are Shantele and Evie Fleming, Charleigh and Addison Simons, Jacinta and Kora Stewart, and Kimberly and Indie Loss.
BREAST IS BEST: Taking part in the Ipswich version of The Big Latch On at Queens Park are Shantele and Evie Fleming, Charleigh and Addison Simons, Jacinta and Kora Stewart, and Kimberly and Indie Loss. Rob Williams

Ipswich mothers all latch on together

IPSWICH women have demonstrated their support for breastfeeding - and each other - at the Big Latch On.

Part of the Global Big Latch On that started World Breastfeeding Week, Ipswich's Big Latch On involved women latching on simultaneously for one minute.

Organiser Kimberley Loss said World Breastfeeding Week aimed to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support. The week is celebrated in 120 countries and marks the signing of the WHO/UNICEF document that lists the benefits of breastfeeding, plus global and governmental goals.

Ms Loss said breastfeeding contributed to the normal growth and development of babies and children. Babies and children who were not breastfed were at increased risk of infant morbidity and mortality, adult obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer (both mum and baby).

The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby's life, continuing for two years, and as long thereafter as is mutually desired by a woman and her child.

"As a new first time mum I have found my breastfeeding community to be most valuable to me in these first few months since having my baby in April," she said. "Without the knowledge and support from this wonderful community I may have given up this all-important breastfeeding journey long ago and be completely overwhelmed by the demands of having a young baby.

"I know that not every new mum has these networks to provide up-to-date information and support to assist them and it is my hope that this event may help other breastfeeding mums find their community to support them.

"Ipswich has an amazing collection of birth/new parent support organisations that are completely unknown to a lot of people."



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