BELLEVILLE, IL – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Women and Infants Center proudly supports the Big Latch On organization for their annual breastfeeding event to be held Saturday, August 5, at Melvin Price Park, 1454 Caseyville Ave, Swansea, Illinois 62226.  Mothers are encouraged to arrive by 10:00 a.m. for registration. The event runs from 10:30 to noon and is free to all participants.

During the Big Latch On, groups of breastfeeding women come together at registered locations around the world to all latch on their child at a set time. All the breastfeeding women and children are latched on for one minute at the set time and are counted toward the world-wide participation goal. In 2016, over 17,000 mothers participated.  

The Big Latch On aims to protect, promote & support breastfeeding families by:

Providing support for communities to identify and grow opportunities to provide ongoing breastfeeding support and promotion in local communities.

  • Raising awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge available locally and globally.

  • Help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.

  • Make breastfeeding as normal part of day-to-day life at a local community level.

  • Increase support for women who breastfeed -women are supported by their partners, family and their communities.

Ensure communities have the resources to advocate for coordinated appropriate and accessible breastfeeding support services.

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 two years and as long thereafter as is mutually desired by a woman and her child.

“In a world where breastfeeding is often scrutinized, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is proud to support mothers who choose to breastfeed their children, as breastfeeding is natural and offers an overwhelming number of health benefits to children,”  Molly Fassbinder, RN, C-EFM, CLC, Interim Nurse Manager of St. Elizabeth’s Women and Infants Center. “Our caring staff provide moms lactation counseling and breastfeeding classes to encourage this benefit for their babies."

Additionally, the Gateway Grizzlies have combined with the Edwardsville Region Breastfeeding Task Force to offer “Breastfeeding at the Ballpark” on July 30th at 6:05 pm.  Entry to the game is FREE for Breastfeeding moms and babies. The Grizzlies have generously offered us reduced ticket prices of only $5 for the other family members, with a $20 maximum per family. For more details or questions, call 618-806-4686.

For questions or more information about the Big Latch on Event, please call the Edwardsville Region Breastfeeding Task Force at 618-.806-.4686. Information about the Big Latch On is also available at

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Kelly Barbeau

Manager, Marketing & Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 234-2120, Ext. 41270

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