Message from Joanne: It is with great sadness that due to personal circumstances and the effects of the pandemic, I am unable to continue running The Global Big Latch On as I have done since 2010.
I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the years; supporting communities, encouraging networks and celebrating breastfeeding. I am delighted to share exciting news for the future of the Global Big Latch.
The Big Latch On is shifting to April
Global Big Latch On and Big Latch On Aotearoa will not be organising the Big Latch On in August 2022.
However, we are very pleased to announce that after a long wait due to Covid, we will be holding the Big Latch On in person on the 7th and 8th of April 2023. The shift to April will help reduce complications that arise from holding in person events during the cold and flu season in the Southern Hemisphere and will avoid the more extreme weather typically experienced in August globally.
Of course, you can still host your own events during August 2022 World Breastfeeding Week, but please do not use the words ‘The Big Latch On’ or ‘Global Big Latch On’ or promote or advertise your event as being part of the Big Latch On.
Another exciting announcement is that over the course of 2022, Global Big Latch On will be handing over the coordination role to the event founders Women’s Health Action, who are based in Aotearoa New Zealand. We will be working hard to make the April 2023 Big Latch On worth the wait and will also be working on plenty of exciting ways to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week in August 2022!
Thank you for continuing to support us in this journey! We will post further updates over the next few months. In the meantime, please get in touch at [email protected] should you have any questions or concerns.
welcome to Global Big Latch On
Building community support, one latch at a time.
Global Big Latch On events take place at registered locations around the world, where people gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other. Their friends, family and community join this celebration to promote and support breastfeeding. Volunteers from within the community host each location, hosting a Global Big Latch On event creates a lasting support network for the community.