PLATTBURGH — Olivia Gillett has chosen to breastfeed both her young children, and that decision drew special attention recently.
Gillett, who is from Sciota, was one of about 40 moms to participate in the Plattsburgh area’s second-annual Big Latch On, hosted by CVPH Medical Center to promote breastfeeding as a natural activity in society.
Gillett received accolades for having breastfed her daughter, Nimueh Perron, for the longest duration of all participating moms.
“She’s been breastfeeding for 35 months, almost three years,” said a spirited Gillett after completing the event with Nimueh.
The Big Latch On is held across the globe on Aug. 2 or Aug 3 to promote a healthy start for babies and to demonstrate community-wide support for nursing moms and infants, who sometimes still face the stigma of breastfeeding in public.
Moms and babies sat on the front lawn of CVPH, and at precisely 10:30 a.m., began breastfeeding for at least one minute.
Although that minute symbolizes support for breastfeeding moms everywhere, moms are invited to continue breastfeeding if their children are not finished after the allotted time.
“It’s just a great way to show support for breastfeeding,” Gillett said. “It’s something we should all accept (as a normal part of the day).
“My mother breastfed us, and the more I learned about it (while pregnant and attending parenting classes), I knew that I wanted to breastfeed with my first child (Augustus, 5), and I knew I would continue with her (Nimueh).”
Augustus actually stopped nursing when he was about 15 months old, but when Gillett was pumping milk for Nimueh, Augustus decided to try again, their mom said.
“It’s really a good thing,” she said of a young child’s interest in breastfeeding. “Mom’s milk is so much healthier for them. It provides a healthy start in life.”