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St. Elizabeth’s invites Metro East Mothers to “The Big Latch On 2014”

BELLEVILLE, IL – St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, in conjunction with the Big Latch On organization, is hosting a Big Latch On event Saturday, August 2, in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Millennium Room, located on the first floor at 340 West Lincoln Street, Belleville, IL 62220.  Mothers are encouraged to arrive by 10:00 a.m. for registration. The event runs from 10:30 to noon and is free to all participants.

During the Big Latch On, groups of breastfeeding women come together at registered locations around the world to all latch on their child at a set time. All the breastfeeding women and children are latched on for one minute at the set time and are counted toward the world-wide participation goal.

While this is the first year St. Elizabeth’s has participated in the global event, the Big Latch On was started by Women's Health Action in 2005 as part of World Breastfeeding Week in New Zealand. Each year, they have seen a growth in the numbers of breastfeeding women attending and an increase in the support for breastfeeding in public. In fact, during the Big Latch On event in 2013, 14,536 women and their children came together and breastfed simultaneously.

“St. Elizabeth’s is excited to take part in this important initiative to raise awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge,” noted Heather Tomaszewski, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CLC, M.S. and Delivering Miracles Coordinator at the Mother Child Center at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “We also hope our participation will encourage the acceptance of breast feeding in the communities we serve.”  

The goals of the Big Latch On include:

  • Support for communities to identify and grow opportunities to provide ongoing breastfeeding support and promotion.
  • Raise awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge available in communities.
  • Help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.
  • Make breastfeeding a normal part of the day-to-day life at a local community level.
  • Increase support for women who breastfeed - women are supported by their partners, family and the breastfeeding knowledge that is embedded in their communities.
  • Communities have the resources to advocate for coordinated appropriate and accessible breastfeeding support services.

For questions or more information about the Big Latch on Event at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, please call 618.234.2120, ext. 2300 or email childbirtheduc@hshs.org.  Information about The Big Latch On is also available at www.biglatchon.org.



About Hospital Sisters Health System

Hospital Sisters Health System is a Roman Catholic health care mission founded to continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care framed in traditional values taught by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.  It is dedicated to serving all people, including the poor and the needy, at each of its 13 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Litchfield, Springfield and Streator) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org.



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