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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Breastfeeding moms aim to break world record Saturday



This is World Breastfeeding Week and to mark it, breastfeeding moms will meet up at Largo Central Park and Wiregrass Mall in Wesley Chapel for The Big Latch On, a worldwide effort to celebrate and promote breastfeeding by trying to break the record for the most women breastfeeding simultaneously.

There have been several coordinated events over the years, and in October 2010, 9,826 nursing mothers were recorded at 325 sites in 16 countries, according to The Big Latch On's website.  For World Breastfeeding Week 2011, the group is working with the support of La Leche League USA to bring the event across the country.

Saturday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. at  Shelters 5 and 6 at  Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, and at the Wiregrass Mall by the Mochiberry Frozen Yogurt shop in Wesley Chapel, nursing mothers will gather to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and try to break the record for the most women breastfeeding simultaneously.

At exactly 10:30 the count will begin and at 10:31, time is up! The child must be latched on for 1 full minute in order to be counted toward the official count. So if you go, you will need to raise your hand at 10:30 (assuming your child in latched on) and if your babe unlatches you will put your hand down. This is so the people in charge of counting know who to include. They recommend getting baby latched on about 3 minutes ahead of time so that when 10:30 rolls around, your babe is settled in and nursing comfortably.

There are also family friendly activities and giveaways planned at both locations that day.

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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