Military moms join mass breast-feeding event on Okinawa

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Women on Okinawa, Japan, including U.S. military moms, recently brought their babies beachside for the Global Big Latch On, a mass public breast-feeding event that promotes breast-feeding and the health of women and children. (Jessica Bidwell/Stars and Stripes)
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Women on Okinawa, Japan, including U.S. military moms, recently brought their babies beachside for the Global Big Latch On, a mass public breast-feeding event that promotes breast-feeding and the health of women and children. (Jessica Bidwell/Stars and Stripes)

Military moms join mass breast-feeding event on Okinawa

by: Jessica Bidwell | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 10, 2016

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Women on Okinawa, including U.S. military moms, brought their babies beachside for a mass public breast-feeding event aimed at raising awareness for the practice.

The Global Big Latch On, part of World Breast-feeding Week, takes place worldwide the first week of August to promote breast-feeding and women and children’s health.

The event’s organizers hope getting women to breast-feed together will foster a sense of community and peer support.

“The breast-feeding community has helped me through all my doubts about the lactation process,” said Hollie Mcelmurray, a military mom who attended Saturday’s gathering at Sunabe Baba Beach near Kadena Air Base.

It’s important for women to be successful at breast-feeding, said Melanie Scherer, another participant.

Pressure from people who don’t like public breast-feeding can make some mothers feel like quitting, she said.

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