The Big Latch On is Planned for August 4 at CVPH

PLATTSBURGH, NY (07/28/2018) - Breastfeeding women and their families are invited to participate in The Big Latch On planned for Saturday, August 4 at 10:30 a.m. on the front lawn of The University of Vermont Health Network - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH). Sponsored by the Alice T. Miner Women and Children's Center, the Plattsburgh Big Latch On is part of a world-wide effort to promote breastfeeding as a healthy start for babies.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Mothers and babies should be settled on the front lawn by 10 a.m. The official counting will begin at 10:30 a.m.  Ample parking will be available in the Medical Office Building lot, off the Cornelia Street entrance. A blanket or lawn chair is recommended. In case of rain, the event will be held in the hospital. 

A reception will follow the event where families will have the opportunity to have a 5x7 photo taken and learn more about a variety of family-focused organizations. Displays, information and give-a-aways from Healthy Neighborhoods, Clinton County WIC, Healthy Families New York, Safe Kids Adirondack, GroVia Cloth Diapers, Baby Wearing Moms of Northern New York, JCEO, Literacy Volunteers and Cornell Cooperative Extension will be featured. Safe Kids Adirondack will be raffling a car seat.  Gift bags will be awarded to the youngest and oldest nursing.

The Big Latch On demonstrates community wide support for nursing moms and babies. On August 4, groups of breastfeeding women will come together at registered locations around the world to latch on their child at the established time.  All are latched on for one minute and are counted by designated witnesses. Infants drinking expressed breast milk from a bottle will also be part of the count. The event originated in New Zealand and was started by the Women's Health Action in 2005 as part of World Breastfeeding Week.


About Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
The University of Vermont Health Network - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital is a private, not-for profit hospital and a subsidiary of Community Providers Inc., (CPI). Established in 1967 with the merger of Champlain Valley and Physicians hospitals, CVPH joined Fletcher Allen Partners in 2012, which in 2014, became The University of Vermont Health Network.  Together with its partners, Alice Hyde Medical Center, Central Vermont Medical Center, Elizabethtown Community Hospital and the University of Vermont Medical Center, CVPH provides high quality, cost effective care, close to home. Services include an award winning cardiac services program, accredited cancer center, freestanding ambulatory surgery center, comprehensive rehabilitation services and a 24 hour physician-staffed Emergency Care Center.  Governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, CVPH is accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by New York State and Medicare/Medicaid approved.  Learn more at UVMHealth.org/CVPH or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.


About The University of Vermont Health Network
The University of Vermont Health Network is an academic health system that is comprised of six affiliate hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, and a home health agency. We serve  the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: working together, we improve people’s lives.  Our partners include:


Our 4,000 health care professionals are driven to provide high-quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our hospitals remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.