'The Big Latch On' breast feeding event was held in Asotin

ASOTIN, WA - Today (Friday) marks the first day for world breastfeeding week, and a group of mothers showed their support at a breastfeeding event in Asotin today.

It's called The Big Latch On. Local health leaders try to get as many women from around the area to breast feed their children all at the same time. It's a global movement that's geared toward encouraging communities to make breastfeeding a normal part of day-to-day life and support families with infants.

It's an event held every August in communities around the nation. It started in New Zealand five-years ago and ever since, the number of countries participating has grown each year.

"We really try to push breastfeeding with anyone, because breast milk in the best option of babies," said WIC Clerk Alia Scoggin.

"There's health benefits and emotional benefits too, the gift that moms can give to their little ones," said Registered Dietitian Courtney Goff.

World breastfeeding week lasts until August seventh.

If you have any questions about breastfeeding you should contact your county health district or local health care provider. St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston has several lactation specialists too.