Can I take part in the Big Latch On?
The Big Latch On is part of World Breastfeeding Week and the focus is on breastfeeding and breastfeeding support, but we are flexible on the way in which this is done. The Big Latch On is designed to be as inclusive as possible. We welcome anyone who wants to attend as a supporter to come along.
If you are in doubt about whether you qualify to be included in the official count, speak to your local host and they can answer any questions or concerns.
What if I bottle feed my baby expressed milk?
Hosts of individual venues decide whether this is included in the official count. Whether it is officially counted as a latch or not, you are still welcome to attend the event to connect with other breastfeeding mothers in the community.
I’m breastfeeding twins – will it count as one or two latches?
We are counting the number of latches, so if both babies breastfeed during the official count time period, this counts as two latches.
Is there an age limit for breastfeeding children?
No, we welcome all breastfeeding children to take part.
How do I find a venue in my local area?
A list of all currently registered venues is available on our ‘Find a Venue’ page. New venue registrations are accepted right up to the day before the event, so keep checking as one near you may be listed nearer the event.
What if there are no Big Latch On events in my local area?
New venue registrations are accepted right up to the day before the event, so even if there is not a venue near you, one may be listed nearer the time.
If there is not currently a venue in your area, you could host an event yourself. Hosting is easy, fun, and a great way to connect with other breastfeeding women in your community. Information on hosting can be found here.
If there is no venue near you, and you do not wish to host your own event, you can take part in the Big Latch On online, through the ‘I Latched On’ breastfeeding selfie campaign.
Do I need to register in advance?
No, you do not need to register in advance to attend a Big Latch On event. You may like to get in touch with the host of the venue you are planning to attend, so that they know how many people to expect on the day. Contact information for hosts can be found with the venue information on the ‘Find a Venue’ page.
What do I need to do on the day?
Make sure you arrive in plenty of time before the official latch period begins. It is usually a good idea to arrive by around 10am. There are registration forms that you will need to complete before the Latch On. This allows plenty of time to get settled in and comfortable. Your host will let you know what you need to do on the day. After the latch, there are some evaluation forms to complete. Your feedback is important so that we can continue to improve the Big Latch On each year.
Can I come to more than one Big Latch On?
The Big Latch On takes place over two days, so if you would like to, you are welcome to attend events on both days. You can only be included in the official count once per day.
Can I bring family/friends with me?
Yes. Support of family, whānau and friends is important for breastfeeding, and we encourage you to bring as many supporters with you as you like.
What is the Selfie Campaign?
The selfie initiative was created in 2014 to provide breastfeeding women and parents who could not attend a Big Latch On event in person the chance to participate online and encourage them to connect with other breastfeeding mums and parents via social media sites such as Facebook.
Can I take part in the Big Latch On in person and online?
If you attend a Big Latch On event in person, you are welcome and encouraged to take part in the selfie campaign, and vice versa, but you will be included in the official count once.
How do I share my selfie?
If you are not sure how to upload your selfie, we are happy to help out. Just email [email protected]
Can my selfie include other people in the photo?
Yes, if you want to take a selfie with other breastfeeding mums or parents, or any family members or supporters, you are more than welcome to, but you MUST have permission from these people before you share the photo.
Who can see my photo?
If you post your photo on your own Facebook page, who sees it will depend on your own privacy settings. Alternatively, if you post your selfie directly on the Big Latch On Facebook page, it can be seen by the general public as this is a public page. Women’s Health Action cannot be responsible for the privacy of photos posted directly onto our page.
When should I post my selfie?
For your selfie to be included in the official count for the Big Latch On, it needs to be posted anytime on Friday the 2nd of August or Saturday the 3rd of August. You are welcome to share your selfie outside of this time period, but it will not be included in the official count.