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by choo woon lim
Spirited mums: Mothers waiting for the official record-breaking attempt to begin.
Proud mothers and their babies went down in history as they made it into the Malaysia Book of Records for the Largest Number of Mothers Breastfeeding Simulta-neously, at the Gift of Love Charity Bazaar in Grand Seasons Hotel, Kuala Lumpur recently.
Organised by The Breastfeeding Advocates Network (TBAN), an online breastfeeding support group, the event was held in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week, which was from Aug 1 to 7 this year.
Mothers breastfed their babies for five minutes during the official record-breaking attempt, while supportive fathers and family members gathered at the sidelines.
The official count was 450 participants, breaking the previous record of 308 set in 2006.
Each mother received a certificate for their participation.
Booths featuring various items for both mother and child were also set up at the event, as well as photoshoots and talks by local stars Juliana Ibrahim, Pei Xuan and Lavin Seow, who are all breastfeeding mothers.
This is the second time the charity bazaar has been held since TBAN was founded in 2009.
“The event is to raise funds for an awareness campaign, including a television commercial, posters and car stickers for clinics, offices nursing rooms, shopping malls, baby shops and private businesses,” said TBAN founder Gina Yong.
“It is also a good platform for breastfeeding mums to share their experiences and bond with their families,” said Yong.
Sylvia Gomez, 31, was one of the mothers who attended the event.
“A support group is important, especially for first-time mothers like me. We can share information and ideas on how to feed our child,” she said.
Gomez said there was still resistance towards the idea of breastfeeding among many people today.
“In the old days, most mothers could not afford milk formula for their babies, so they regarded it as a luxury. Breastfeeding is actually the best thing you can give your child,” she said.
She added that there were various benefits for both mother and child when one chose to breastfeed.
“I lost 10 kgs from breastfeeding, and I find that I have better eating habits, simply because what I eat is passed on to my child via brestmilk,” she said.
Meanwhile, Radiance Chan said the event was a good start to educate people on the benefits of breastfeeding.
“When I was pregnant, I was scared about how to nurse my baby. After joining the group, I felt more confident as I learned from stories and experiences shared by others,” said the first-time mum of six-month old Wynd.
Nadiah Noor was another participant who was at the event with her three-month-old infant.
“Breastfeeding has been scientifically proven to be good for the baby. It helps increase their immune system and prevent infection, or reduce obesity in later life,” she said.
“All my children have been breastfed,” said the 31-year-old proud mother of three.
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