Dozens try to help set breastfeeding record

The local latch on event was organized by the La Leche League. / Courtesy Lauren Boyd

Thousands of women united Saturday morning for an event to raise awareness on breast feeding, including a group in Myrtle Beach.

It's called the big latch on event. Women are trying to beat the record for the most women breast feeding at one time.

Currently the Philippines holds the international record with 3,738 mothers breast feeding at one time.

"It's ok to nurse in public and that you know there is nothing to be ashamed of and just to you know get the public ok with us," said Jessica Theroux.

The event, which is also to raise awareness on breastfeeding benefits comes on the heels of new findings from the CDC. Those findings include:

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies be fed nothing but breast milk for about the first 6 months and continue breastfeeding for at least 1 year.

Babies who are fed formula and stop breastfeeding early have higher risks of obesity, diabetes, respiratory and ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and tend to require more doctor visits, hospitalizations, and prescriptions.

Low rates of breastfeeding add $2.2 billion a year to medical costs.

Mothers who breastfeed have lower risks of breast and ovarian cancers.

The CDC is also suggesting more hospitals across the U.S. encourage new mothers to breastfeed.

"I had both of my children at a local hospital and I received no support, I was given no information. I actually had a lady from food services come in and help me breastfeed because nobody would help me breastfeed," Melissa Floyd said.

It also emphasized that children who are breastfed for nine months are 30% less likely to become obese than a bottle baby.

In all, 18 women participated at the event Saturday. Organizers say it was a large success.