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Monday, October 26, 2009

All about L.A.T.C.H.

LATCH is a non-profit organization composed of " group of trained peer counselors offering mother to mother support and services, to take the guesswork out of breastfeeding." It began in 2006 with its 1st batch of 8 peer counselors trained by The Medical City pediatricians.

LATCHers conduct monthly breastfeeding workshops at The Medical City and regularly contributes to a breastfeeding column in Baby Magazine. LATCHers are also invited to become resource persons in talks and workshops in various malls, magazine launches and other similar events.

Early this year, the LATCH co-founders decided to expand its membership and conducted a second peer counselor training in March 2009. With the addition of new members, LATCH now has a wider coverage and has participated in more events.

In the works is a revamp of the LATCH website to include instructional videos by Dr. Jack Newman. A third training session is also being scheduled for 2010. LATCH is also working to add more breastfeeding classes in other major hospitals in Metro Manila.

What makes LATCH unique is that it is composed of volunteer moms with a myriad of talents and skills, who band together to plan, organize and volunteer for various activities and events. Unlike other groups, we each have our own businesses and employments. We also conduct our own fund-raising activities to make things happen.

Currently, LATCHers are busy with relief missions for the Ondoy victims. LATCH will be ending the year with its last breastfeeding basics workshop at The Medical City on November 14, 2009. LATCH is currently a beneficiary of Blissful Babes’ Mother Tongue collection. So please head on over to Made for Mama and purchase for a cause!

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