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Local women promote breast-feeding in world-record attempt

Magen Gilbreath, 27, of New Port Richey breast-feeds her son Samuel on Saturday  in Largo Central Park. Gilbreath organized a “latch-on” event that was part of a global attempt to set the record for the most mothers breast-feeding at one time.

KAMEEL STANLEY | Times

Magen Gilbreath, 27, of New Port Richey breast-feeds her son Samuel on Saturday in Largo Central Park. Gilbreath organized a “latch-on” event that was part of a global attempt to set the record for the most mothers breast-feeding at one time.

LARGO — The mothers spread out on blankets, their babies resting comfortably in their laps.

Situated on a plot of grass near the playground at Largo Central Park, they waited for the countdown to begin.

At precisely 10:30 a.m., they got the signal to have their hungry babies latch on.

For the next 60 seconds, they joined mothers across the globe in an attempt to set a world record for the most women breast-feeding simultaneously.

A similar event took place in Wesley Chapel.

The "Big Latch On," as it was called, capped celebrations for World Breastfeeding Week.

"Breast-feeding is normal and healthy," said Magen Gilbreath, 27, of New Port Richey, who organized the Largo latch-on, held in conjunction with a family fun day hosted by the nonprofit Tampa Bay Birth Network. "Normalizing it is pretty important."

Gilbreath, a teacher, said 60 mothers participated in the latch-on, although only 27 were able to feed for the minute required for the record attempt.

"This is a big deal for us," said Largo mom Nicole Bredeson, 28, who fed her 7-month-old son Jayden during the latch-on.

Bredeson said she's had people stare at her and even make comments when she's fed her children in public.

Bredeson, who said she is always discreet, said she hopes the event raises awareness about mothers' right to breast-feed in public.

"We're just doing it to feed," she said. "We're not doing it for a peep show."

Kameel Stanley can be reached at kstanley@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8643.

Local women promote breast-feeding in world-record attempt 08/06/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 6, 2011 8:33pm]
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