A group of mothers will attempt to break a world record this Saturday.
The record is for the most mothers simultaneously breastfeeding. The previous record was set in the Philippines in 2008 with 15,128 mothers gathering in 295 sites, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
The event, sponsored by the La Leche League USA, has been dubbed the “Big Latch-On” by event planners. The event is part of the World Health Organizations World Breastfeeding Week.
The goal of the record breaking attempt by the mothers is to promote breastfeeding and increase awareness of the benefits to newborns and infants of breastfeeding. The event started in 2005 in New Zealand as a promotional stunt to teach women about breastfeeding.
The event is taking place across the United States and the globe on August 6, 2011. American sites include Houston, Texas, Washington D.C., and Chicago, Illinois. International sites include Italy, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. A complete list of cities, locations and times is available from the La Leche website at http://lllusa.org/wbw/BigLatchOn.php#Events.
Representative from the Guinness Book of World Records will be on hand to certify any record. Participants are asked to be early to be counted before hand.