Join the Global Big Latch On

Published Monday, 29th July 2019

Hartlepool breastfeeding mothers are encouraged to join thousands of women across the world at a global synchronised breastfeeding event this Friday.

The Global Big Latch On, which will take place at registered locations across the world, will bring together local mothers and their children on Friday 2 August from 9.30am to 11.30am at Summerhill Country Park and Visitors Centre, to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding.

Coinciding with World Breastfeeding Week, which runs until Wednesday 7 August, visitors to the Big Latch On Hartlepool event can enjoy craft activities, visit information stands, join fun exercise sessions and more.

Melanie Calvert, Hartlepool Borough Council’s Healthy Early Years Coordinator, said: “Thousands of mothers across the world will gather in their local communities for the event, which aims to give women an opportunity to receive support, share advice and discuss their own breastfeeding experiences.

“Hartlepool Borough Council is delighted to support this initiative which aims to raise the profile of the benefits of breastfeeding.”

Breastfeeding mothers in Hartlepool seeking additional support can also attend two advice groups every Monday at Rossmere Children’s Centre, Rossmere Way:

First Latch - 9.15am – 10.15am. A Health Visitor-led group offering advice and support to breastfeeding mums, suitable for children from birth to eight months.

Latch On - 10.00am – 11.30am. A parent-led group for breastfeeding mums offering informal support in a relaxed environment, suitable for breastfed children of any age.

An additional Latch On group will be starting on Tuesday 3rd September at Community Hub Central from 10.30am – 12.00pm and will run every week at the same time. For more information please call 01429 272905.

There are also five baby clinics across the town within Hartlepool’s Children’s Centres, where breastfeeding advice is available from Health Visitors and / or Community Nursery Nurses:

Monday:        Hindpool Children’s Centre (01429 292555) – 1.30pm – 2.30pm

           Rossmere Children’s Centre (01429 292444) – 1.30pm – 3pm

Tuesday:       Chatham Children’s Centre (01429 284466) – 1.30pm – 3pm

Wednesday: Lynnfield Children’s Centre (01429 232946) – 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Thursday:     Miers Avenue Children’s Centre (01429 284466) – 1.30pm – 3pm

           Rift House Children’s Centre (01429 284610) – 1pm – 2.30pm

Friday:            Rossmere Children’s Centre (01429 292444) – 1pm – 3pm