Moms Try To Break Breastfeeding Record
August 6, 2011 by USA Post
Moms Try To Break Breastfeeding Record, Houston area moms will join in an international attempt to break the record for most women breastfeeding simultaneously. On Saturday, at exactly 10:30 am, mothers in Texas and around the world will try to get their babies to latch on and breastfeed for at least one minute.
The event is called the Great and the latch is held in part to celebrate National Breastfeeding Week, which ends Sunday. The organizers, including the U.S. La Leche League, hope to raise awareness and promote breastfeeding. Originally from New Zealand in 2005, last year the event recorded in 325 lactating 9826 sites in 16 countries.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records in 2007, 15,128 lactating mothers were recorded at 295 sites throughout the Philippines. (The Philippines also holds the record for most nursing mothers in one place. In 2006, 3,541 mothers gathered to feed their babies.)
Lisa Johnston held a seat in the Carousel Children’s Boutique friend and thrift store in Katy. A doula work, Johnston said he organized the event to help promote the benefits of breastfeeding.
“Breast milk is basically designed for your baby. It has all antibodies and all the nutrients the baby needs,” he said.
The mother of three and pregnant with her fourth experience with breastfeeding Johnston has been uneven. Their first son, now 12, was not the chest. She said she did not meet with a lactation consultant at the hospital and the baby had difficulty latching on. His second son, now seven, was breastfed for six months. His efforts were undermined, however, when a nurse, thinking the child was not getting enough food, began to feed others. His third son breastfed for three and a half years, including a period of ten days when, due to chemotherapy treatments, Johnston’s friends breastfed the baby because she could not.
Johnston is not breastfeeding, but she believes in the benefits of breastfeeding and plans to feed the baby that way.
Some mothers cannot breastfeed, Johnston said, but many lost due to lack of education or support. She said it expects like-minded mothers to find support in this event.
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