August 2nd, 2010 5:33 pm | by Hadley Malcolm News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Multnomah County

Oregon Moms Attempt Breast-Feeding Record


If you're a breast-feeding mom who hungers to break a record, read this:

Local moms will try to break the record for most women breast-feeding at one time this Friday, Aug. 6.

The event, coined The Big Latch On, comes at the end of World Breastfeeding Week and is sponsored in part by the Multnomah County's Women Infants and Children program.

The program will host the record attempt at its locations in the county.

“It's a gold standard,” WIC breast-feeding coordinator Mary Wachsmuth says of breast-feeding. She added that the event is meant “to get breast-feeding moms together and to develop a community.”

The event runs from 10 am to 11:30 am, though Wachsmuth said the official count will happen at 10:30 am, when all mothers whose babies are actually “latched on” at that time will be asked to raise their hands.

"We see it as another way to promote and celebrate women who are breast-feeding," Wachsmuth said.

She's not sure what the world record is, and our own Google-icious attempts to determine the mark have found numbers for breast-feeding moms that range from 1,299 in New Zealand to 3,541 in the city of Manila.
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