Event celebrates breastfeeding

The Southern Oregon Lactation Association will participate in "The Big Latch On" event from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, in Bear Creek Park on Highland Drive in Medford.

"The Big Latch On" is a worldwide event created in 2005 to celebrate breastfeeding, Tracy Hanson, certified lactation educator at Providence BirthPlace, said in a press release. She said more than 337 locations in 16 countries will participate this year in an attempt to break the record for the most women breastfeeding simultaneously.

The record of 9,826 women simultaneously breastfeeding a baby was set in 2010, according to media reports from previous Big Latch On events.

In 2000, the World Health Organization and UNICEF certified Providence BirthPlace as the 26th Baby-Friendly birth facility in the United States for its protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. For more information on the Baby-Friendly designation, visit www.babyfriendlyusa.org.

Providence offers breastfeeding classes from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in the BirthPlace conference room. To register, call 541-732-5717.

For more information on the Medford Big Latch On event, contact Korina Skaff at 541-774-8018 or at skaffkk@jacksoncounty.org.

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