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Breastfeeding event returns to Sustainable Food Center farmers' market

Nicole Villalpando
The Latch on Event at the Sustainable Food Center's farmers market is coming back on Aug. 3. [Courtesy Candice Shanks]

Nursing moms of Austin, get ready. The Sustainable Food Center and the Central Texas Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting a Latch On event on 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Aug. 3, at the Toney Burger Center farmers market.

It's part of the Global Big Latch event, which organizers estimate featured 23 participating countries, 725 locations, 17,790 breastfed children, 18,036 women breastfeeding and/or expressing, and more than 50,000 attending last year. This will be the third year Sustainable Food Center has hosted the Austin Event.

“The Global Big Latch On is a great opportunity to show support for breastfeeding and the importance of nutrition and health for infants, children, and mothers,” said Hilda Gutierrez, Food Access Director at Sustainable Food Center, in a press release. “Involving the community in this event makes breastfeeding more visible and accepted as part of everyday life. It encourages families to appreciate the value of nutrition for healthy infant development.”

One thing the Sustainable Food Center is doing to help mothers and families is to allow them to use their Lone Star and WIC benefits at the farmers' markets. The Sustainable Food Center doubles these dollars up to $30. That way families can get more fresh fruits and vegetables.

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