Columbia mothers will gather to beat world breast-feeding record Friday, Saturday

Thursday, August 2, 2012 | 8:02 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia moms and their children will band together in an attempt to beat the world record of most women simultaneously breast-feeding this Friday and Saturday.

Columbia's mothers will join women around the world to participate in the Big Latch On, a synchronized breast-feeding event that celebrates World Breastfeeding Week, said Erin Harris, a representative of Boone County Women, Infant and Children Supplemental Program.

World Breastfeeding Week, organized by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, kicked off this Wednesday and continues until Tuesday. This year is the campaign's 20th anniversary. 

Harris said her organization will host Friday's event at their offices, 1005 W. Worley St., starting at 10 a.m. The breast-feeding will start at 10:30 a.m. and mothers must breast-feed their children for one minute to be included in the global count. Harris expects anywhere from 50 to 100 mothers to participate. 

The second event will be hosted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lamb Shelter at Cosmopolitan Park. The breast-feeding will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will last for one minute. 

Women can either register online prior to the event at or register at the event. Women will be required to sign in to help tally the official participant count, Harris said. 

The Big Latch On started in New Zealand in 2005 and is now celebrated in 120 different countries. The event's goal is to raise awareness on the health benefits of breast-feeding and to eliminate breast-feeding stigmas.

Supervising editor is Ted Hart.

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