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Centegra joins Big Latch On

WOODSTOCK – Thousands of nursing women and their babies across the United States will gather in their own communities to take part in the Big Latch On, America’s first synchronized nursing event in multiple locations.

The local Big Latch On will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Centegra Hospital – Woodstock in Conference Rooms A and B.

The Big Latch On is originally from New Zealand. Joanne Edwards introduced it to Portland, Ore., in 2010 as a celebration for World Breastfeeding Week.

During the same week, Annie Brown, a La Leche League Leader from Connecticut, organized a simultaneous breastfeeding event in her home state. For World Breastfeeding Week 2011, they are working collaboratively and with the support of La Leche League USA to bring the event across the country. World Breastfeeding Week started Monday and ends Sunday and is celebrated in 120 countries.

The Breastfeeding Resource Center at Centegra Hospital – Woodstock opened last year during World Breastfeeding Week to provide local access to support and breastfeeding techniques and supplies.

“Centegra support groups help keep nurses linked with the community after moms are discharged,” nurse Valerie E. Keller said. “There are challenges along the road, and we are here to help.”

Keller believes that the support groups are a positive way for mothers to bond with other mothers in the community. Directed by registered nurses specially certified by the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, the support groups are a free opportunity for mothers to stop in at a convenient time and receive support and tips to foster the connection with their baby.

In addition to the free support groups and programs offered, private consults also are available to schedule. To learn about the Breastfeeding Resource Center, call the Breastfeeding Warmline at 815-759-4440 or visit www.centegra.org/breastfeedingsupport.

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