Breastfeeding moms are invited to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week on Friday.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s “Latch On” is 1:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute, 690 Meadows Road.
“Women from across the community will come together as one and celebrate the art of breastfeeding,” according to the hospital. The free event will have a joint breastfeeding, refreshments, raffles and giveaways. Free valet parking is included.
The last time the hospital honored breastfeeding moms for this occasion was in 2011, and 110 women attended, the hospital said.
“The event honors breastfeeding mothers and recognizes the [hospital’s] Toppel Family Place staff who work hard to provide support and education to new parents,” according to the hospital.
August is set aside as National Breastfeeding Month and National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.
The World Health Organization, or WHO, designates Aug. 1 through 7 as World Breastfeeding Week “to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world,” according to WHO.
The Innocenti Declaration was signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organizations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.”
The week has expanded to include parental rights, too.
“This year, WHO is working with UNICEF and partners to promote the importance of family-friendly policies…,” according to WHO.
“This includes enacting paid maternity leave for a minimum of 18 weeks, and paid paternity leave to encourage shared responsibility…. Mothers also need access to a parent- friendly workplace.. by having access to breastfeeding breaks; a safe, private, and hygienic space for expressing and storing breastmilk; and affordable childcare.”