However, over the years artificial and supplementary forms of feeding have become mainstream.
But for some mothers, breastfeeding is the most natural and the healthiest way of giving a growing baby nourishment.
Even though breastfeeding is encouraged by doctors and experts and its benefits have been touted by organizations from the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services to the Centers for Disease Control, the stigma associated with the natural act has caused many mothers to shy away.
“A lot of the reasons why women stop breastfeeding is because they don’t have the support they need,” said Jacky Souders who is organizing the Big Latch On Cartersville this Saturday.
The event is part of a worldwide movement to recognize World Breastfeeding Week, which seeks to promote the practice, raise awareness and educate the public.
“A lot of people have this wrong idea of what breastfeeding is,” Souders said. “It’s just the baby eating; it’s as simple as that. We just want people know that it is okay. It doesn’t have to be a private thing.”
The Big Latch On Cartersville will be held at LifeSong Montessori School at 324 West Cherokee Avenue in Cartersville. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the event starts at 10:30 a.m.
At the event, which is open to breastfeeding mothers, their families and supporters, registered participants will breastfeed for one minute.
In addition to the main event, there will be vendors, goodie bags, door prizes and opportunities to network and get support.
“I think it’s super important for other mothers to know there is support out there,” Souders said. “That is one thing that is extremely important in continuing the journey of breastfeeding is to have the support. A lot of people don’t know that there are other breastfeeding families [and] it’s just really important to have the community know that were here and it’s good to just spread the education of it.”
Souders, who began hosting the event in 2011, said through the Big Latch On, many have taken an interest in supporting the cause.
Last year 68 people participated in the Big Latch On and this year Souders said she is expecting a nice turnout as well.
“It’s looking to be a really good way to get together and experience the good and bad and have support,” Souders said.