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07 October 2009

Boobs In The Media


Source.

The Breastfeeding Challenge that we took part in on Saturday was in the paper:

Mothers attempt world record

A theatre full of 38 moms cradling 39 giggling and gurgling babies all began breastfeeding at the exact same moment Saturday morning.

The event was an attempt to break the world record for simultaneous breastfeeding at the 2009 Breastfeeding Challenge at Galaxy Cinemas on Water St.

Melisande Neal, chairwoman of the Peterborough breastfeeding coalition, said the goal is to raise awareness about breastfeeding.

"It also sends a message that public breastfeeding is OK," she said.

Mom Carolyn Amyotte brought her eight-month-old baby daughter Natasia and four-year-old daughter Halle.

"I told my husband that some local moms are staging a big nurse-in," she laughed. "So we wanted to be a part of it."

After a countdown from 10, all the mothers "latched on" at 11 a. m. and raised their hand.

The event is held annually at sites across Canada and around the world.

The mothers will be counted toward two new world records: the most mothers breastfeeding simultaneously at one location and the most mothers breastfeeding at the same time in a province, territory or state.

"I thought this would be a great way to connect with other mothers and it's important to promote breastfeeding," said Tarin Duncan, who was bouncing her seven-month-old son Griffyn on her knee.

"Plus there's nothing better than beating a world record. I wanted to say I was part of that."

Debbie Carriere was feeding her two-year-old daughter Eryn.

"There's lots of pressure on moms to stop breastfeeding at age two, but it's good to keep breastfeeding, even when the child gets older," she said. "It's very healthy."

Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, medical officer of health for the Peterborough County-City Health Unit, congratulated the mothers for giving their babies the best start in life.

Pellizzari said Peterborough has Ontario's highest rate of breastfeeding duration, according to a recent study on public health.

"There's nothing as precious as bringing a new life into this world and nurturing it, and you're all great nurturers by breastfeeding," she said.

Neal said she was pleased with the turnout this year.

At each participating city, the numbers of mothers are counted against the local birthrate, she said.

"So Peterborough could actually break a record for a city our size," she said.

Last year about 44 local women participated in the Peterborough event, said Leisa Baker, a public health nurse. It was held at the Baby Expo.

Results were incomplete last night as tallies were still coming in from around the world, according to the event's website www.babyfriendly.ca

But as of last night, Victoria B. C. was in first place and Ottawa was in second place. Peterborough wasn't listed on the site as of last night.

The event started in British Columbia in 2001 with 856 breastfeeding babies.

In 2002 the event was opened up to the rest of Canada, she said. In 2003, the event spread to the United States.

The 2009 results were not available yesterday.

NOTE: After the breastfeeding challenge the moms were treated to the film Mamma Mia.

Hopefully I'll be able to find out the results at tomorrow night's La Leche League meeting! I shall share any information that I find -- in the meantime cross your fingers for us!

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PS. This article was taken from the local paper's website which was riddled with ads for Enfamil formula. Figures. I realize it's the work of keywords and coding and not something incredibly malicious -- it's just frustrating to be bombarded with ads for a breast milk substitute when I'm working so hard to nurture my child with my body. C'est la vie, I suppose.

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3 Comments:

Blogger e. said...

I was telling my husband about the nurse-in and he was confused at first, and asked "wait, so it was a race?"

October 7, 2009 at 11:15 PM  
Blogger PhD in said...

C'est la vie right now, but I'm doing all I can to change it!

e.: I went with my daughter and she was convinced it was a raise. She kept delatching to check on the baby next to her and see if she was still going!

October 7, 2009 at 11:20 PM  
Blogger Eclectic Mama said...

Good luck, mamas! Hope you beat the record! (I have no idea what the numbers here in Austin, Texas, were.)

October 8, 2009 at 1:18 AM  

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