Published: Aug 09, 2012 2:20 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.-  The 35 mothers and babies participating in the "Big Latch On" Friday can add one more entry to their baby books: setting a new world record. According to the Lee County Health Department, they were among 8,862 mothers counted as actively nursing their babies for at least one minute at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 3rd and Saturday, August 4th.

The Lee and Hendry County Health Departments recorded local moms nursing their babies at five locations to contribute to the new world record for the most babies latched onto their mothers simultaneously. The former record set in 2011 was 5,687.

The United States hosted more sites than the event origination country of New Zealand.