LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Mothers in Southwest Florida have just finished, trying to break a world record. They've been breastfeeding en masse, at local health departments.
The Lee and Hendry County Health Departments recorded 35 moms nursing their babies at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, to contribute to what is hoped to be a new world record for the most babies latched onto their mothers simultaneously.
"The Big Latch On" is part of a global effort. Nearly 5,700 woman latched on last year worldwide and broke the record.
The moms who had their children latched on to their breasts for one minute were counted.
It may be some time before the official numbers are in, but the ultimate goal is to raise awareness about breastfeeding being healthier than using formula.
Katie Webber, a participating mother, told WINK News that she breastfeeds in public and believes the more often women do, the more normal the site will become in our society.
"That's what [breasts] are made for. They're not made to sell beer. They're made to feed babies," Webber said.
Scores at the local sites were recorded as follows:
North Fort Myers 14
Fort Myers 8
San Carlos 9
Lehigh Acres 3
The Big Latch On activity continues tomorrow, sponsored by La Leche League, at Veteran’s Park in Lehigh. Interested moms should plan on being their 30 minutes before the 10:30 a.m. start time to register and get settled.