photo:  Key West’s Big Latch on Event on August 5 at the Florida Keys Eco Discovery Center –  Top row: Kaley Campbell Dillon & Ocean;  Krizia Negron & Derek;  Amanda Bantillo & Joey; Annie Elis & Abigail;  Eve Wistful & Luna;  Rosey Kennedy & Morgan;  Leanna Thommes & Sawyer;  Tarah Scarborough & Marshall;  Elliot Nurthen & Calvin; and Amber Peery & Carrington.   Bottom Row: Faith Robinson & Aurelia; Melody Lovin & Snow;  Angelica Mendaros & Ty;  Kristen Spector & Claire; and Meagan Silvernale & Alana.


The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County’s WIC program, in partnership with Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition and volunteers – Jessica Laino and Kimmie Matlock, participated in the Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event.  The events took place on August 4 in Marathon and August 5 in Key West and Key Largo.  Twenty eight babies successfully latched on at the same time along with 17,790 other babies around the world, breaking the worldwide breastfeeding record.  Last year there were nine latched on babies in Monroe County.   The Big Latch On supports communities with identifying and growing opportunities to provide ongoing breastfeeding support and promotion.  The event was part of World Breastfeeding Week, a global effort led by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, to help raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding. For more information, visit

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