Mothers and their babies—as well as their partners and other children—gathered in Times Square for the Third Annual Big Latch On event to promote awareness and support for breastfeeding.
All the mothers nursed their babies for a minute at 10 a.m. on Saturday. "In that moment, we will unite as one with thousands of mothers across the World to Normalize Breastfeeding," Breastfeeding World, the event's organizer, said.
It's World Breastfeeding Week, and the Big Latch On was one of many ways New Yorkers were getting involved, from the city launching its mobile units where mothers can breastfeed or pump breastmilk in privacy or the subway breastfeeding caravan. The Big Latch On also included a walk from Times Square to Bryant Park, where a community event with music and activities for families as well as breastfeeding advocates and vendors.
Maranda Summers, who attended last year's Big Latch On, said, "I experienced the love and empowerment at the NYC Latch On last year. It was so amazing to see so many women come together in solidarity, for such a worthy cause. Every woman should have that freedom, comfort, and support in their breastfeeding journey that existed that day. The Latch On ultimately re-energized my passion and determination to keep going, knowing that I had a whole community supporting me."
Breastfeeding is 100% legal in public places in New York State. The NYCLU states, "To breastfeed your baby in any public or private place where you have a right to be. This includes stores, day care centers, doctors’ offices, restaurants, parks, movie theaters and many other places. No one can tell you to leave any of these places because you are breastfeeding, and no one can tell you to breastfeed in a bathroom, a basement or a private room."