Global Breastfeeding Challenge 2010

Christie Haskell
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It's almost that time of year again -- time for the Quintessence Global Breastfeeding Challenge!

The goal is to have as many babies nursing at one time in your location as you can gather -- latch-on time is 11 a.m. local time on October 2.

It's a celebration of breastfeeding and a fun way to support and promote it. I went last year with my daughter and my goal is to go this year as well.

An event that encouraged the creation of this challenge was held in Australia.

In all, 536 babies, all latched on at one time!

Then the Quintessence Challenge was created in British Columbia, and they got 856 babies between their 26 different gathering points.

The Guinness Book of World Records won't acknowledge more than one site, since the challenge isn't simultaneous across the world (after all, it'd be hard to get some moms to gather at 3 a.m. to nurse a baby).

However, the record for the most in one location goes to the Philippines with an astonishing 3,738 babies in one location! Wow! For people with crazy phobias of women nursing in public, that would be quite the shocker. Their success was in part due to the fact that it was also promoted as an activist response to the attempts to water down breastfeeding advocacy -- something our country does way too much of.

So, if you've got a nursing baby or just support nursing, get your butt out there! Check the official website to see if there's a local spot for you to go to, and if not, it's really easy to set one up.

If you go or set up your own, let me know! Take pictures! I met some great people last year who I've stayed in contact with since then, and I had a ton of fun.

Are you going to go this year?


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