INWOOD — Mothers from across the city will descend on Inwood in August to spread the word about the benefits of breastfeeding.
Dozens of activist moms will head to Inwood Hill Park on Saturday, Aug. 3, to publicly breastfeed their children as part of "The Big Latch On," a worldwide initiative.
"We're trying to let people know that breastfeeding is good for your baby, it's free, it's the right temperature," said Anina Young, the organizer of the Inwood Hill event.
Similar feed-ins will take place at more than 290 locations around the world on Aug 2. and Aug. 3. Thousands of mothers are expected to feed their children for 60 seconds at 10:30 a.m. in each time zone.
This year marks the third time that a Big Latch On event will be held in Inwood. Young, owner of Inwood's Brazen Lingerie, said the event has grown from a dozen mothers in a tent outside of her old Dyckman Street store to about 30 who participated last year in Inwood Hill Park.
Young hopes the event will encourage new moms to breastfeed, which studies have shown is beneficial to the health of babies and new mothers. Young also hopes the mass feed-in will help take the stigma away from mothers who breastfeed in public.
"It's natural," Young sad. "Let the mom breastfeed and get over it."
For more information, visit The Big Latch On's Facebook page.