Global breastfeeding Latch On localized

Indy Breastfeeding Moms will host a local event in support of the 2012 Big Latch On.

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-7), a

synchronized breastfeeding event, pitched as "The Big Latch On," will

commence around the world to promote the health benefits for nursing.

Indy

Breastfeeding Moms

, a chapter of the nonprofit Breastfeeding USA, will host

a local Latch On to increase access to local support networks, provide

educational materials and bolster cultural acceptance of breastfeeding.

The event is set to start at 10:30 a.m. at Commonwealth

Apartments Gymnasium, 23 N. Rural St.

The Big Latch On was born in 2005 in New Zealand. By 2011, 5,687

women participated worldwide. Organizers hope to top that number during this

year's event.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's

2011

Breastfeeding Report Card

, 11.4 percent of Indiana mothers reported

exclusive nursing for the first six months of their babies' lives, compared to

the national average of 14.8 percent. The World Health Organization recommends

exclusive breastfeeding for a baby's first six months of life.

Seventy percent of Indiana mothers reported breastfeeding at

least once, trailing the national average of 75 percent.

The Indiana State Department of Health reports that

breastfed babies enjoy greater protections from infections and illnesses,

including asthma, diarrhea, ear infections, pneumonia and sudden infant death

syndrome. Officials also note children who are breastfed for six months are

less likely to become obese and mothers who breastfeed are less likely to

develop breast and ovarian cancers.

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