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By Kent Donahue

July 08, 2019

- In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month and to raise awareness of breastfeeding benefits, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is hosting its 3rd annual “Big Latch On” event on Friday, August 2, 2019.


This free and family friendly event will start at 9:30 a.m. Moms who are breastfeeding are invited to take part in this global event with their babies at the Cypress Grove Park, 290 Holden Avenue, Orlando FL 32839.


Friends, family, and the community can join this celebration to promote and support breastfeeding. Moms are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes early to get settled.


The Florida Department of Health in Orange County works to promote breastfeeding as a vital health activity and encourages breastfeeding-friendly hospitals, child care facilities, work places, and communities. 

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Breastfeeding contributes to the normal growth and development of babies and children. Those who are not breastfed are at increased risk of infant morbidity and mortality.  In addition, breastfeeding offers protection against adult obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and premenopausal breast cancer as well as ovarian cancer for 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 and continue to breastfeed for two years and thereafter as is mutually desired by a woman and her child. 


The first Big Latch On took place in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2005, it was introduced to Portland, Oregon in 2010 by Small Beginnings Group LLC and has now taken off globally. 

The Global Big Latch On is based on the principles of community development, providing the opportunity for breastfeeding women to get together in their local communities, host their own events, and identify opportunities for on-going support. 

For more information about the Big Latch On visit To learn more about National Breastfeeding Month and the benefits of breastfeeding visit, or