50 families attend Latch-On event and wellness fair
From staff reports
Saturday, August 10, 2019
More than 50 families attended last weekend’s Global Latch-On event and Healthy Mom-Baby-Child Community Wellness Fair at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City.
The fair, held in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week Aug. 1-7, was sponsored by Sentara Albemarle’s Women’s Services Department and designed to share information about breastfeeding as well as provide guidance and support to breastfeeding moms.
Among the 22 vendors, agencies and experts participating in the event were Brenda Elmore, Sentara Albemarle’s international board certified lactation consultant, and Joanna Kuhn, a certified breastfeeding specialist. Both were on hand to answer questions about breastfeeding.
The event also featured a number of raffled items including a car seat, breastfeeding supplies, a $100 Target gift card, a $50 Visa gift card. Attendees also snacked on chocolate peanut butter lactation cookies.
“We really wanted to make sure the surrounding counties knew what resources are out there and to also stress the importance of babies having the best start through breastfeeding,” a press release from event organizers states.
Erin Crites, a childbirth educator and owner of Scrunchy Mama Wellness, helped organize the event last year and helped with this year’s event.
“When I moved here last summer with my daughter, this is exactly the sort of event I needed. I am so grateful for our community and all the businesses that joined us to provide a such an amazing resource fair,” she said, according to the release.
Other attendees said the fair was both informative and much-needed.
“This was the first Latch-On event my son and I have been a part of,” said Hope Whitman Rice, according to the release. “It was such a humbling and empowering experience to be gathered around a room with other mothers, nursing our babies and giving them liquid gold.”
Brianna Justine Smith, a mother of four, said she found out about a couple of new programs by attending the fair.
“I love that once a year breastfeeding moms have a great place to gather and get loads of information all in one place,” she said, according to the release.
Another first-time mom said she also appreciated the event.
“It was very informative and it was nice seeing all that is offered to women with children and (those who are) expecting,” she said. “A lot of the things I saw were things I didn’t even know existed.”
Danielle Jenkins, owner of Coast D Imaging, participated in the event.
“I really enjoyed seeing many of the mothers I’ve scanned at my studio here in Elizabeth City. It’s always nice to see the babies healthy and happy,” she said, according to the release.
Sentara Albemarle’s Women’s Services Department plans to host another Latch On event next August, the release states.