“Breasts are a scandal because they shatter the border between motherhood and sexuality.” -Iris Marion Young tweet
Balloons with images of breastfeeding mothers were floating cheerfully in front of the building. They welcomed me in and I felt a peace while at the same time a buzz of anticipation. This was my first time going to an event like this. My First Global Big Latch On! I was running late, of course. Nothing new there! I was directed to the area where the latch was going to take place. Quickly, I grabbed a seat and nervously surveyed the surrounding mothers.
Some had the tiniest of babies, others were wrangling excited toddlers. A few even had one of each in tow! There were some mothers who were dressed conservatively, and others had bright purple hair. It was obvious we were all from different worlds, yet here we were together sharing our desire to nourish our children and to normalize breastfeeding for their future.
The Big Latch!
At 10:30 we latched on our little ones. Then at 10:31 we were done. It was over so fast! Could one minute really make that much of a difference? It’s not about how long, it’s about the act. The gathering together of mothers to build each other up and show solidarity. Here we are at a Global Big Latch On, making the world a more green and healthy place. We are teaching our children that a woman’s breasts can be a scandal. We are teaching our children that a woman can be more than a car sales pitch. Women are strong, we are feminine, we are mothers. We are in this together.
Visit the Global Big Latch On at www.biglatchon.org to see how many people participated worldwide.
Another way we grow together and build each other up is in the Facebook group Blog Mom Tribe. If you are a blogger you’re welcome to join us! Check out some of the amazing posts our tribe members have written about breastfeeding.