I still remember how back in 2007, my baby and I joined the Simultaneous Breastfeeding Activity that Elvira Henares-Esguerra and Nona Andaya-Castillo of the Breastfeeding Philippines organized back then. The final tally of that world breaking record event was 15,128 mother and baby pairs in 295 sites across the country.
Nanay Nona, as she was fondly called, had songs for the mothers to sing where the words were changed to boost the campaign for breastfeeding. It was projected on a screen for everyone to see. One of the main sites was in a sports complex with ample ventilation. For the humid and tropical country that was the Philippines, I was a bit
skeptical about the comfort of my baby. She was about 8 months old then. Fortunately, it didn’t rain and the weather wasn’t that hot. They also gave away fans to mothers to keep themselves cool. After that I wondered if it was worth the trouble going there. What did I gain with that trip? I looked at my daughter, small as she was, and I
realized that I was doing it for her. What did we gain? We gained publicity. We generated some noise. In a country like the Philippines where popularity is big time during elections, I do hope the numbers game helped. I made a small prayer that when my daughter’s time comes to have a family, she will have enough support around her to nourish her children in the best way possible.
In October 24, 2013, they created a new entry to the World Guinness Book Record. The official count from the news was 21,000 but the unofficial count according to Nona Andaya-Castillo was 33,000.
It doesn’t matter whose record they beat. It doesn’t matter what country they came from. It doesn’t matter if you formula-fed or not. This is a win for all families across the world and even for future generations. As public awareness for the benefits of breastfeeding increases, we hope that your daughters who will become mothers in the
future will get more support from their family, friends, co-workers, and the community in general.
Follow this link for more details: New Breastfeeding Record