Southern Ind. babies 'latch on' to break record


by Michelle Arnold

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 3 at 6:01 PM

(WHAS11) -- August is National Breastfeeding Month and women gathered to try to get their efforts in the record books.

“Around the world at 10:30 a.m. local time on August 3 and August 4 a bunch of moms are coming together and breastfeeding trying to raise awareness,” said Floyd County Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Kendra Henry.

It's called the Big Latch On and the challenge is to set the record for most women breastfeeding simultaneously.

Marci Hoover came not only to help break the record of 5,687 women breastfeeding at the same time, but also to share some mom time with the other ladies.

“Everyone's like-minded in the dreams and the goals that they have for their kids...just to be as much of a natural parent as possible,” said Hoover. 

Natural is a word you hear often when it comes to nursing.

“It’s only natural. We’re humans and we should give our babies human milk. It's common sense,” said Mieko Patrick.

But to those who can't breastfeed or don't choose to, it can be offensive.

“You shouldn't feel pressured to do anything. If you want to breastfeed then go ahead and if you don't then that's fine too. Everyone has a choice and options. They should be able to exercise those,” said Patrick.

“I think women in society are hard on other women and I think we should all support each other.  My goal for me and for my friends would be to breastfeed but I think we should just support moms and the decisions that they make,” said Hoover.

Saturday is Louisville's Latch On event. It begins at 10 a.m. at the Farmer's Market at the Douglass Loop.