Women Unite In Support Of Breastfeeding In PublicPosted: Updated:
It's called The Big Latch On and it's timed for one minute around the world with moms in more than 20 countries.
In Canton, 24 moms signed up, and in Watertown, 30 more moms registered to breastfeed their babies as a sign of awareness and celebration.
Ruth Martinez has breastfed all of her children and now she breastfeeds her youngest.
"Encouraging women to breastfeed and showing that it's natural, normal - not being afraid to breastfeed in public," she said.
North Country Family Health Center organizes the free event by raising money through donations from local businesses. The goal is to get rid of the stigma surrounding breastfeeding in public and make moms feel more comfortable.
"It's so good for them to breastfeed and for their babies. And it's good for the public to become accepting of it," said Lacy King, organizer.
This is the second year that North Country Family Health has hosted the event, bringing moms out to support and raise awareness for breastfeeding.
Moms advocate for breastfeeding at the event and recognize all the positives that go along with it.
"They're endless, amazing health benefits. It protects them from disease and infection. The bond is indescribable," said Marissa Lloyd, a mom.
Organizers keep a count of the women who participated to submit to the group, Big Latch On, for a final tally of everyone all around the world - all brought together for a minute of recognition.