Mothers from St Helens, along with Healthy Living’s infant feeding team, will be down at Knowsley Safari Park this Friday (4 August) to help raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding at a local ‘Big Latch On’ event for World Breastfeeding Week.
World Breastfeeding Week, 1-7 August, is celebrated in 120 countries and marks the signing of the World Health Organisation and UNICEF document Innocenti Declaration, which lists the benefits of breastfeeding, plus global and governmental goals.
To mark this occasion, thousands of breastfeeding women and their babies and children across the world will gather in their own communities to take part in the Global Big Latch On, a synchronised breastfeeding event in multiple locations.
The local Big Latch On, hosted by North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with the Merseyside Breastfeeding Consortium, will take place at 10:30am at Knowsley Safari Park – and members of the St Helens Healthy Living infant feeding team will also be present at the event.
All mums who complete evaluations on the day will be entered into a prize draw.
Julia Kemp, Infant Feeding Coordinator at North West Boroughs Healthcare, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this event with our consortium partners. This event highlights the amazing work our services provide to support mothers and babies. We love to celebrate the achievements of our breastfeeding families and we hope all our past and present breastfeeding families, no matter what age, will join us to take part in this worldwide event.”
Cllr Gill Neal, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Big Local Latch On event will be a great way for mothers to learn the benefits that come as a result of breastfeeding which can not only protect their baby from infections and diseases, but can also build an emotional bond between mother and child.”
Richard Smith, Head of Visitor Services at Knowsley Safari, said: “We are delighted to support this event and welcome families to stay at the park for as long as they wish. There will be free access for participants and their family to our foot safari to see our animal displays and enjoy many of our attractions including giraffe, meerkat and wolf country. The park opens at 9am and all cars arriving before 10.15am will be offered a discount of £15 per car to enter the full safari tour.”
Directions to the event can be found at www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk or by putting L34 3AN into your Sat Nav.
For more information on breastfeeding support in St Helens visit www.healthysthelens.co.uk/our-services/infant-feeding call 0300 300 0103 or visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/infantfeedingservice