Latch & Link: Long Beach 2014

Latch & Link: Long Beach 2014 was a total success!

High fives! Hugs! Fist bumps! Belly bumps! Knuckles! Happy happy joy joy! Love!

This was the 2nd annual Latch & Link: Long Beach – a free community breastfeeding fair celebrating World Breastfeeding Week & National Breastfeeding Month. It was held Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 from 10am-3pm at the park-like campus of UUCLB, 5450 E. Atherton Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90815.

Here is this year’s event by the numbers:

  • Over 750 attendees! That’s around 300 families!
  • 162 children latched on to their mothers for the “Great Long Beach Latch”
  • 200 gift bags given out
  • Over 35 exhibitors
  • Over 35 raffle items
  • Over 100 women & babies participated in complimentary nursing photos
  • Dozens of complimentary massages
  • 28 complimentary acupuncture treatments
  • 2 food trucks (both sold out!)

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The “Great Long Beach Latch” at 11:00am on 8/2/14 at Latch & Link: Long Beach 2014. Photo by Little LA Photography.

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162 children latched – a new city record! Last year (2013), our number was 44! Incredible!

Highlights included a Resource Fair, the “Great Long Beach Latch,” Workshops, Talking Circles, “Ask an LC” (lactation consultant) Booth, Lactation Lounge, DIY Screen-Printing (of breastfeeding logos & designs), Kids Fun Zone, and so much more!

But the best part of it all was the LINK part! Linking women and families with the breastfeeding resources in our community, those resources linking together to provide better service to moms, and breastfeeding women and families linking with each other – to connect, support, and empower each other!

Check out more photos in this album and all over the Facebook page:  Latch & Link: Long Beach 2014 PHOTOS

A huge THANK YOU to all our sponsors, exhibitors, in-kind donors, event hosts, and wonderful wonderful volunteer crew! And all moms, babies, and support people who made this event happen & thrive!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 1, 2015 for Latch & Link: Long Beach 2015!

 

 

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