Most number of mothers’ breastfeeding
in multiple sites
4] -- The attempt to make it to the First World Record on Simultaneous
Breastfeeding in Multiple Sites gathered breastfeeding mothers in
different areas nationwide.
Mothers willingly went to barangay halls,
daycare centers, churches, hospitals and other non-day care sites
to take part in the national count. Bacolod city health workers
went house to house to dissimenate the information on the simultaneous
breastfeeding as well as invite breastfeeding mothers to join the
In 2006, the Philippines also broke the guinness
record previously earned by California having 1,130 mothers in 2002
breastfeeding simultaneously while last year the Philippines has
3,541 mothers simultaneously breastfeeding in single site.
Lectures on the benefits of breastfeeding on both
mother and child as well as other health practices were held before
the breastfeeding session. After breastfeeding, mothers are fed
with indigenous foods like boiled camote, bananas and fresh fruits
which promote the consumption of these foods complementary to breastfeeding.
In Iloilo City hundreds of breastfeeding mothers gathered
at the Jaro Plaza covered gym.
Photo by A. Chris Fernandez
Christine Gardose of Brgy. 20, Bacolod City is
one mother who responded to the invitation. Gardose has four children
all were breastfed from 0 to more than three years old. Her three-year
old youngest daughter was the one she brought to the center to join
in the simultaneous breastfeeding.
When asked why she opted to breastfeed all her
four children, Gardose said that aside from the fact that it gives
her children good nutrients, it is economical and it creates a special
bond between her and her children.
Gardose said that unlike her neighbors who often
worry where to get money to buy milk, she doesn't. Her children
are even in better health condition and are not prone to sickness
since she breastfeed them, Gardose added.
The purpose to set a world record is secondary
only to advancing the Anti-Poverty Program of the government through
the basic approach of "People's Initiative with the Massive Support
of the Government". "I joined this activity to reach out to other
mothers, even the well-off to breastfeed their children," Gardose
said in the dialect.
Source: PIA Press Release