Nelson Leader : August 8th 2013
33 THE NELSON LEADER, AUGUST 8, 2013 NEWS 135 mums in Big Latch On Showing the way: Tara Hope with 17-month-old Carter, left, and Kelly Brydon with 3-month-old Flynn during the Big Latch On at Victory Community Centre on Friday. Photos: MARION VAN DIJK Bonding time: Ni Hlawnceu breastfeeds her 4-month-old son Thomas. Line-up: Mothers with their children during the Big Latch On at Victory Community Centre. By SARAH DUNN Thirtyfive Nelson mothers joined hundreds of women around the country in an attempt to break the record for simultaneous breastfeeding in New Zealand. The Nelson mothers gathered at the Victory Community Cen- tre for the annual Big Latch On, and began breastfeeding their babies simultaneously at 10.30am. The first Big Latch On was held in New Zealand in 2005 by the Women's Health Action Trust. Last year the event involved a global total of 8862 breastfeeding children in 626 locations in 23 countries. New Zealand's national total of simultaneous feeds was 1571 last year, which was a record. The event, which is run by the Women's Health Action Trust, is meant to normalise and encour- age breastfeeding. Nelson organiser Tara Hope, of Richmond, said breastfeeding was simply the best nutrition for a child. Breastfeeding is amazing, it's got so many supportive abilities for babies' wellbeing. It's linked to higher intelligence, it's just important for so many reasons.'' She brought along her two children Carter, 17 months, and Cooper, 31G2, both of whom are yet to be weaned. Stoke mother of two Aimee Owles said she enjoyed breas- tfeeding her children because it was a way for her to bond with each of them individually. When you've got two, you have time for both of them but [feeding] is kind of your one-on- one time, as such.'' She said it was good to breastfeed children as long as the mother could, say- ing there were doctors and lac- tation consultants who could help if it was painful. Victory resident Ni Iang Hlawnceu breastfed 4-month-old Thomas at the event. A Chin refugee from Myanmar, Ni Lang came to New Zealand in 2006 with her husband Tuan Thang, and breastfed all three of the children they are raising in Nel- son. She said she wanted to show her support for the initiative because nutrition for babies was very important. The World Health Organis- ation recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for the first six months.
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