Mums and babies go for the record

Swindon Advertiser: The Big Latch On breastfeeding event at Lydiard Park The Big Latch On breastfeeding event at Lydiard Park

BREASTFEEDING mothers from Swindon took part in a world record attempt on Saturday.


About 20 women and their children took part in The Big Latch On held at Lydiard Park, which aimed to get as many women as possible coming together at registered locations around the world and all latch on their child for one minute at a set time.
 

In Swindon, a total of 18 women fed their children for one minute at 10.30am and were counted by a witness.


Their efforts will be added to the numbers from around the world in a bid to beat last year’s record, which stands at 5,687.
 

Caroline Culshaw, who lives in the town centre, took part with her four week old daughter Isabelle Murphy, who was the youngest baby at the event.
She said: “I thought it would be a good event to take part in, breast feeding is just the best way to feed your baby.
 

“I go to the Breast Mates support group in Swindon and it is lovely, it’s a really welcoming atmosphere, really friendly and it is nice to go and chat to other mums.”
 

Helen Harfield, 23, of Calne, took her seven-month old daughter Anya Curtis to the event.
 

She said: “I thought it would be a good event to be part of. Breastfeeding is so good for babies’ health and it is so important – it gives them the best start that they could possible have.
 

“I was quite lucky with my daughter that we had a good start with the breastfeeding, there were a few hiccups but it was a very good considering she is my first child.”
 

One of the organisers, Kathryn Beale, of Park North, said she was pleased with the turn-out.


Kathryn, who is a breast-feeding peer supporter and a doula – a person who offers practical and emotional support to mothers during and after childbirth – said: “I wasn’t sure how many to expect so I am really pleased.”
 

Mum-of-two Jenn Guppy, from Royal Wootton Bassett, was also part of the organising team.


She said: “We had lots of hungry babies beforehand but it was lovely and calm during the minute that they were all latched on.
 

“We have children from four weeks old to 22 months so it is quite varied.”


In Swindon, there are a number of breast-feeding support groups called Breastmates. These are informal drop-in groups where breastfeeding mothers can meet other like-minded mothers for a drink, chat and if needed, gain support with breastfeeding difficulties.
 

The groups are run by a mixture of health professionals, breastfeeding counsellors and peer supporters.”

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12:07am Mon 6 Aug 12

SpeakUp says...

Haven't quite got the hang of the system yet, have we Katie? The idea is to put a short teaser text on the website then get people to click if they want to read more. Have another peep at the tutorial, maybe? x
Haven't quite got the hang of the system yet, have we Katie? The idea is to put a short teaser text on the website then get people to click if they want to read more. Have another peep at the tutorial, maybe? x SpeakUp

7:51am Mon 6 Aug 12

mt1981 says...

SpeakUp wrote:
Haven't quite got the hang of the system yet, have we Katie? The idea is to put a short teaser text on the website then get people to click if they want to read more. Have another peep at the tutorial, maybe? x
Rude!!!
[quote][p][bold]SpeakUp[/bold] wrote: Haven't quite got the hang of the system yet, have we Katie? The idea is to put a short teaser text on the website then get people to click if they want to read more. Have another peep at the tutorial, maybe? x[/p][/quote]Rude!!! mt1981

12:36pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Stephanie Tye says...

Good Afternoon Speak Up,

Thanks for pointing out the mistake - however it wasn't Katie's it was done by another member of the team.

We have a new system in place on the admin side of our website and there are still a few bugs in it - without wanting to bore everyone, it isn't recognising paragraph breaks so the full text is appearing in the preview paragraph.

Our central IT team are working on it but apologies if this has irritated you in any way.

Regards,

Stephanie
News Editor
Good Afternoon Speak Up, Thanks for pointing out the mistake - however it wasn't Katie's it was done by another member of the team. We have a new system in place on the admin side of our website and there are still a few bugs in it - without wanting to bore everyone, it isn't recognising paragraph breaks so the full text is appearing in the preview paragraph. Our central IT team are working on it but apologies if this has irritated you in any way. Regards, Stephanie News Editor Stephanie Tye

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