A group of 41 mothers gathered at the Victory Community Centre, determined to break the Nelson record of the number of women simultaneously breastfeeding at one time. The previous year’s record was of 38 mothers performing the act, at one go, was successfully broken this year.
The Nelson Bays Primary Health Lactation Consultant and Childbirth Educator, Ruth Brodbeck witnessed the show, which was held in the morning. According to Ms. Brodbeck, among the 41 mothers many were participating for the second or third time in the contest of Big Latch on.
The youngest child being breastfed in the act was 3 1/2 weeks old, while the oldest child was three years old. There were a few mothers with their babies who were just 6 months old. The World Health Organisation emphasized on breastfeeding children up to 6 months after their birth.
The Big Latch On is a way to spread the awareness and importance of breastfeeding among the other mothers in society. The event promoted breastfeeding in public and emphasized on supporting the act.
Another event of breastfeeding was held at the St John Ambulance hall in Motueka and at the Wholemeal Cafe in Takaka. Previous year New Zealand recorded 1514 women breastfeeding simultaneously during the event.