Hannah Cuthill with her three-month-old daughter Saoirse at the Big Latch On event. Photo: Kate Russell.

Nelson mums celebrate breastfeeding at local Big Latch On


Nelson mums and bubs came, latched, and celebrated breastfeeding at the Victory Community Centre on Friday morning.

The Big Latch On is a worldwide event, held every year as part of world breastfeeding week.

It aims to normalise breastfeeding as part of everyday life.

Nelson mums and good friends Jessica Riordan and Jenna Robertson attended together with their 11-week-old sons, Lucian and Marika, who are only five days apart.

Lucian is Jessica’s third baby and she says she wanted to persevere with breastfeeding him after stopping with her other children shortly after they were born.

“I stayed at the hospital an extra day or so with Lucian because I wanted to make sure I had it right.”

Organiser Deb Hardcastle, who is a lactation consultant for Nelson Bays Primary Health, says it was a small but intimate gathering of eight mums with babies from as young as a few weeks old to two years old.

She says the event is open to both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding mums.

“The encouraging change we’ve seen is the inclusiveness of all mums feeding their babies, whether it’s breast of bottle. It’s about celebrating being together and our community. Breastfeeding is something we should be able to do anywhere.”

The Big Latch On first started in New Zealand in 2005 by Women’s Health Action.

In 2010 the rest of the world joined in, and it is now a worldwide peer support and community development event aiming to strengthen national and global support for breastfeeding.

Last year almost 40,000 mothers from around the world latched on over two days.