Hartlepool mothers take part in global breastfeeding event

Mothers breastfeeding at the event in Hartlepool.
Mothers breastfeeding at the event in Hartlepool.

Mothers in Hartlepool came together to take part in a synchronised event to celebrate the benefits of breastfeeding.

The Global Big Latch On saw mothers and their children come along to Rossmere Children’s Centre in the town, where they were able to enjoy activities, speak to health representatives and join in the global synchronised breastfeed.

A record total of 18 mothers breastfed 20 children during the event - which saw 20,745 children breastfed at the same time globally.

Visitors to the Hartlepool event also enjoyed craft activities, baby yoga and massage demonstrations and indoor and outdoor play, while representatives from Oral Health, Changing Futures North East and Health Visiting spoke about everything from breastfeeding to baby carrying.

Gemma Ptak, Hartlepool Borough Council’s Assistant Director for Preventative and Community Based Services, said: “I am delighted to see that Hartlepool mothers have once again supported the Global Big Latch On, which enables local women to come together to celebrate and raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding.

“Breastfeeding looks different for every individual, and can sometimes be as difficult as it is rewarding.

“This is why it is so important that mums feel supported by their partners, families and communities.

“We would always encourage expectant and new mums looking for additional support with breastfeeding to visit one of our advice groups or Well Baby Clinics in the town, where they can meet other mums, share advice and develop those support networks.”