Breastfeeding Moms Gather at Peace Plaza

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford mom's join thousands throughout the country on Saturday, spreading the message about the health benefits of breastfeeding.

They gathered at the Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza Saturday morning for The Big Latch On, which is a synchronized breastfeeding event.

Research shows babies who are breast fed have a lower risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer.

Moms we talked with say others may be more likely to try it if they see others breastfeeding at events like this one.

"We've seen that the evidence is strong that if you have a good community support when people come out like this and support it the mothers will continue to breastfeed their babies as long as they're well supported. So, it's important for us to continue that so we keep healthy babies and healthy moms going,” Erica Grajciar, a supporter of breastfeeding, said.

The Big Latch On is celebrated by thousands of women across the globe in 120 countries.