The Big Latch On 2023 is here!

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The Big Latch On will be held in-person from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 April 2023. This will be our first time holding the event outside of World Breastfeeding Week in August. This shift is so that the event isn’t held in winter/at the height of cold and flu season. We will still continue to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week in August in other ways.

Women’s Health Action will also be coordinating the Global Big Latch On, the international version of the event.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook for updates, or you can email [email protected] should you have any questions. You can also read about the history of the Big Latch On in Aotearoa.

Ngā mihi

The Women’s Health Action team

What is the Big Latch On?

The Big Latch On has been running for 16 years, started by Women’s Health Action in 2005. This is a global event that started right here in New Zealand!

The Big Latch On aims to support parents in their communities on their feeding journeys, by creating safe and accepting spaces. It provides an opportunity for parents to connect with and meet new friends, and receive support and information from local services.

From 2005 – 2019, the Big Latch On took place annually over three days during World Breastfeeding Week (1st – 7th August). After a few years’ hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Big Latch On is back in 2023 and is now held in the warmer month of April. Parents and whānau can attend Big Latch On events in person, virtually, or participate in the online Brelfie campaign. The event aims to protect, promote & support breastfeeding families.