Bonds between mothers and babies grew stronger on Friday at Greater Shepparton’s Big Latch On.
Event organiser and Greater Shepparton City Council breast feeding project officer Kristie Welch was happy with the turnout, which surpassed last year’s numbers.
‘‘There’s lots of new faces as well, which is exciting,’’ she said.
More than 20 mums and their children filled Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre hall, latching on at 10.30am to be recorded in the global breastfeeding event.
Mooroopna’s Ash Coe breastfed her son Harvey, four months, and said she breastfed mostly for the bond, convenience and the health benefits.
Ms Coe said the first eight weeks of breastfeeding were a challenge for her and Harvey, but with the support of council initiatives, the two had come a long way.
‘‘I actually used the lactation day stay; no-one tells you how hard it is at the start,’’ she said.
‘‘There’s a lot of help though, the breastfeeding cafe is really helpful.’’
Tatura’s Heidi Boehm breastfed daughter Estelle, four-and-a-half months, and said while parts of breastfeeding were innate, it was something that had to be learned.
‘‘I think the programs run through the council that we have through the maternal visits are really supporting,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s cheap, it’s convenient and it’s good for my baby.’’
The Big Latch On was council’s official Breastfeeding Week activity.