Philly moms celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with The Big Latch On

The message: It's okay for a woman to nurse anytime, anywhere.

Hadas Kuznits
August 04, 2018 - 11:47 am
Dozens of moms celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with The Big Latch On

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Dozens of women participated in The Big Latch On at Franklin Square Park on Friday, where they all nursed their babies in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. 

"It happens all around this world. This brings awareness that moms are able to breastfeed anywhere she wants to breastfeed," said Michelle Sutton, a certified lactation counselor with the Maternity Care Coalition. "She doesn't have to go to a bathroom. And this is the time that we celebrate all mothers that are breastfeeding."

Shamira Nelson is the nursing mother of a 4-month-old. 

"The Big Latch On is so important because women, we need the support," she said.

Shamira Nelson at The Big Latch On
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Nelson said it's crucial for women to see other women breastfeed so that they can feel comfortable to nurse themselves when their babies need to eat.

"And when you see it, it's like: Okay, now this is normal," Nelson said. "When you see a number of us doing it, that's when people will start saying 'Okay, it's okay to breastfeed.'"

Nelson added that "even some appointment places, public places, are kinda iffy about it. But with The Big Latch, you can see that you're not alone and that you have people there to back you up."

Sutton said normalizing breastfeeding helps women and the public to understand that it's okay — even legal — for a woman to nurse anytime, anywhere.

"So many of our moms have been down-talked, couldn't latch on in different places, were told to go to bathrooms — so, to have a place and a space for them to come to latch on their babies in person, it's perfect." she said.