WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Local mothers gathered at the Trumbull County WIC program office Friday to raise awareness about breastfeeding.
The gathering was part of a national event called The Global Big Latch On, in which mothers get together to participate a synchronized feeding. The idea is to promote and support breastfeeding, as organizers say it is healthy for the mother and child.
“There’s certain antibodies that are passed on to the baby through breastfeeding that you cannot get in other means of feeding. The mom benefits, it lowers her chances of getting breast cancer,” said Cheryl Gayles, of Trumbull County WIC.
Organizers added that breastfeeding is also cheaper than having to buy formula.
According to the national organization’s website, 15,336 breastfeeding women attended last year’s registered events around the world. The events coincide with World Breastfeeding Week.