Monthly Archives: July 2013

August PM meeting on Aug 6 and Big Latch-on Reminder

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Hope everyone is enjoying the nice summer weather we’re having!

Just a reminder that that our August PM meeting is Tuesday, August 6 @ 7pm at Lubber Run Community Center.

And don’t forget to come out to our local Big Latch On Event on August 2!  More information here.

 

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August LLL Arlington AM Meeting – July 17

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Just a reminder about this month’s LLL of Arlington AM meeting is Tuesday, July 17 from 10 to 11:30am.

***Please note we will be meeting at the park next to the church for this month’s meeting only***

DIRECTIONS: If on Lee Hwy towards Falls Church, go RIGHT onto Sycamore St. Go up hill to lights. CVS is on right. Go straight through lights. You are now on Williamsburg Blvd. Take first RIGHT, just past CVS, onto Little Falls Road. The church is 7th building on LEFT. Drive around to back of church to park. Enter church through back door (under small arch). Inside take elevator to Floor 2.

Bring any questions you have and remember, even if you don’t have a question right now, join us to share your experiences with our other new moms!!

The Big Latch-On is coming August 2!

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The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action organizes World Breastfeeding Week from August 1-7 every year to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support.

World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, is celebrated in 120 countries and marks the signing of the WHO/UNICEF document Innocenti Declaration, which lists the benefits of breastfeeding, plus global and governmental goals. To mark this occasion on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd August 2013 at 10:30am thousands of breastfeeding women and their babies/children across the world will  gather in their own communities to take part in the Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event in multiple locations.

Our local Big Latch On will take place at Little Falls Presbyterian Church, 6025 Little Falls Road, Arlington, on Friday, August 2nd.

More on the Big Latch On…

The first Big Latch On took place in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2005 and was Introduced to Portland, Oregon in 2010 by Joanne Edwards. It has now taken of globally and in 2012, 8862 children were counted breastfeeding as part of the Global Big Latch On. This year we are aiming to once again break this record!

The Big Latch On is informed by the principles of community development, providing the opportunity for breastfeeding women to get together in their local communities, host their own events, and identify opportunities for on-going support.

Breastfeeding contributes to the normal growth and development of babies/children, and babies/children who are not breastfed are at increased risk of infant morbidity and mortality, adult obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer (both mom and baby.) The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a baby’s life to optimize these benefits, continuing to breastfeed for 2 years and as long thereafter as is mutually desired by a woman and her child.

For more information, please contact: Kate Perryman, 703/855-4102