Long Beach Breastfeeds to Host 3rd Annual Latch & Link: Breastfeeding Resource Fair Saturday

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Long Beach Breastfeeds, in partnership with the City of Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services, Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center, and Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Latch & Link: Breastfeeding Resource Fair.

This free and family-friendly affair will be held Saturday, August 1, 10 am – 3 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach (5450 E. Atherton Blvd., LB 90815). In addition to the presenting sponsors, Molina Healthcare is an event Champion, along with Bay Shore Wellness and Beach Cities Midwifery as event Advocates.

“There’s a real movement here in Long Beach – we are birth-by-birth, day-by-day, building a breastfeeding culture”, said Celine Malanum, co-founder of Long Beach Breastfeeds. “St. Mary Medical Center is our city’s first hospital to earn the Baby Friendly designation. Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital uses human donor milk and has an outpatient lactation clinic. Additionally, the city’s Department of Health & Human Services provides home visits by nurses who can help with lactation. It’s an honor to partner with the anchors of our local breastfeeding community who provide such vital services.”

“The Health Department is proud to be involved with the Latch & Link event. The important mission of Long Beach Breastfeeds tied in closely with the goals of our Maternal, Child, Adolescent Health program. With collaborative efforts such as this event, we can raise the rates of breastfeeding in Long Beach, improving the health of children in our community.” said Kelly Colopy, Director of Health and Human Services.

“I am so proud to be sponsoring a resolution in support of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. As a mother, I understand and appreciate how beneficial breastfeeding is for our children, their mothers and our society as a whole. Long Beach unquestionably supports the health and wellbeing of our families,” said Vice Mayor Lowenthal. During the July 7, 2015 council meeting, Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal sponsored legislation to formally recognize August as National Breastfeeding Awareness month in Long Beach. Co-sponsors were Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez and Councilmember Rex Richardson. July 21, 2015 Long Beach Breastfeeds was presented with the proclamation. Over twenty supporters and a dozen breastfed babies and children were in attendance.

“The City of Long Beach is on the cusp of being a Breastfeeding Friendly City. The council action, coupled with the important work being done by our partners, speaks volumes of the commitment to breastfeeding families we have in Long Beach,” states co-founder Maricela Renteria de Rivera. “We’re beyond honored to call so many on city council friends of Long Beach Breastfeeds. From the Vice Mayor’s proclamation, to Councilmember Richardson sponsoring a free monthly breastfeeding support group at Houghton Park. We’re on our way!”

As a follow-up to this historic day, over 40 exhibitors will be featured at Latch & Link this year. They will provide valuable tools and information on breastfeeding, birthing, maternal and child health, attachment parenting, and community involvement. Latch & Link boasts a full agenda, including a variety of free activities for adults and children, such as a lactation lounge staffed by certified lactation professionals, nursing photos, an organized play zone by the American Health & Wellness Institute, an interactive children’s class by Chantal Jura Nutrition, and more. An opportunity drawing will also be held to give all attendees a chance to win items ranging from breast pumps to gift certificates.

Last year, the event received 750 attendees and was also nationally recognized as a record holder for the Great Long Beach Latch, where 162 infants and children breastfed simultaneously.

To register and attend the event, please visit Long Beach Breastfeed’s Eventbrite page. For a list of exhibitors, participating organizations, activities, and opportunity drawing door prizes, visit the Long Beach Breastfeed’s Facebook page which is updated regularly with details about the event.

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