The Philippines is after another Guinness World Record on Breastfeeding, this time for the most number of mothers simultaneously breastfeeding in MULTIPLE sites. Last year, the City of Manila, Department of Health, Children for Breastfeeding, and UNICEF Philippines organised a record-breaking event that garnered for the country the Guinness World Record on Simultaneous Breastfeeding in a single site.
Last May 2, thousands of mothers in various day care centres breastfed their babies from 10:00 to 10:01 am. An estimated 4,000 mothers and their babies in over 100 sites all over the Philippines joined in the event. This time, Children for Breastfeeding again organised the event, in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and TESDA.
Some quotable quotes:
"Our event is a prayer for those children who died as well as for those suffering because of [breastfmilk substitutes]."
Nona Andaya-Castillo, organizer, IBCLC
"Stop using formula milk. A baby deserves his mother's milk."
Dr. Francisco Duque III, Secretary of Health
"Unfortunately, through advertising, most Filipino mothers now believe that artificial forms of foods for babies are actually better than breastmilk."
Mr. Dale Rutstein, Communication Chief, UNICEF
We'll know in a few weeks if the Philippines has successfully obtained another Guinness World Record. If only we could get the world record for exclusively breastfeeding for six months, and not just for one minute!
Photo: Front-page article printed on The Philipine Daily Inquirer on 3 May 2007.