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Published Wednesday 9 Aug 2017

Carterton Events Centre was a busy place to be last Friday, with more than 100 breastfeeding mothers taking part in the annual event.

Michelle Thomas, WrDHB midwife educator, says it is important to normalise breastfeeding. "It's OK to do in public and it's OK to do with others," she said. "It also has no age limit. Breastfeeding toddlers is just fine."

Across New Zealand, women were latching on en masse in 96 different locations and the wonderful Wairarapa effort was the result of Michelle and her team's hard work and enthusiasm.

"Breastfeeding is the natural best option for babies," explains Michelle. It can reduce cot death, asthma, exzema and glue ear."

Carterton District Councillor, Rebecca Vergunst, joined the event to feed Grace, with her first born, Malia playing beside her.

South Wairarapa Mayor and long time Plunket supporter Viv Napier called in to support the event.

The Big Latch was co-ordinated by Sarah Taylor-Waitere from Regional Public Health with assistance from the Breastfeeding Wairarapa Group (Regional Public Health, Wairarapa DHB Maternity Services, Plunket, Whaiora, Parents Centre, LMC's, La Leche League and Space NZ trust).

A great turn out, and a good strong message conveyed. Well done to all involved.