Ogden breast-feeding event attempts to set world record, inform public

Aug 4 2013 - 6:52pm

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Lydia Rodriguez nurses her 8-month-old daughter, Eden, during “The Big Latch On” at the Ogden Farmers Market on Saturday.  (KERA WILLIAMS/Special to the Standard-Examiner)
At the Ogden Farmers Market on Saturday, Jessica Whittington (left) breast-feeds her 10-month-old son, Kyler, and Crystal Trentelman breast-feeds her 8-month-old son, Oliver, during “The Big Latch On,” an event hosted by the Breastfeeding Cafe of Salt Lake City. (KERA WILLIAMS/Special to the Standard-Examiner)
(Left to right) Jillian Hanes, Bryn Melo, Wendy Jackson, and Dee Trentelman breastfeed their children during an event hosted by the Breastfeeding Cafe called The Big Latch On at the Farmers Market in Ogden on Saturday, August 3, 2013.  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Special to the Standard-Examiner)
Lydia Rodriguez nurses her 8-month-old daughter, Eden, during “The Big Latch On” at the Ogden Farmers Market on Saturday.  (KERA WILLIAMS/Special to the Standard-Examiner)
At the Ogden Farmers Market on Saturday, Jessica Whittington (left) breast-feeds her 10-month-old son, Kyler, and Crystal Trentelman breast-feeds her 8-month-old son, Oliver, during “The Big Latch On,” an event hosted by the Breastfeeding Cafe of Salt Lake City. (KERA WILLIAMS/Special to the Standard-Examiner)
(Left to right) Jillian Hanes, Bryn Melo, Wendy Jackson, and Dee Trentelman breastfeed their children during an event hosted by the Breastfeeding Cafe called The Big Latch On at the Farmers Market in Ogden on Saturday, August 3, 2013.  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Special to the Standard-Examiner)

OGDEN -- It was short, sweet and pretty quiet for one minute Saturday morning as 24 local moms at the Ogden Farmers Market tried to help break the world record for moms simultaneously breast-feeding in public.

The event, called "The Big Latch On," is a yearly one, but this was the first time it had been held in the Ogden area, said one of the event organizers, Claire Lindstrom.

She is part of an organization called the Breastfeeding Cafe of Salt Lake City. She regularly attends workshops at the Salt Lake Main library that offer tips and support to breast-feeding mothers.

She and other members of the cafe wanted to give moms in the Ogden area a chance to participate and get involved, and so a mini event was held in Ogden and several other cities throughout the state and even across the world Saturday to try to set a world record.

The world outcome was not known Saturday, as city-by-city results were being reported piecemeal.

Lindstrom and other participants were thrilled with the number of moms who participated this year, not only in trying for the world record, but also those who stopped by to learn more about breast-feeding and enter to win prizes for them and their babies.

Members of the La Leche League, a breast-feeding support group, were also there to help and give tips to breast-feeding moms.

Two large reclining lounge chairs were set up, adorned with blankets for nursing moms to stop and take advantage of through the morning.

Baby wraps and blankets thrown across moms' shoulders were in abundance as moms prepared to nurse their babies in public.

As the event drew closer, clusters of moms with strollers found shade and conversed about their babies and their breast-feeding experiences.

Roy resident Emily Snow read about the event on Facebook and thought it would be fun to participate. She was patiently coddling her 2-month-old baby, Evan, until 10:30 a.m., when it was time to start the feed.

"I like to nurse because I get to eat extra calories," Snow said with a laugh.

As far as the world record, she was on board as well. "It's a unique experience that doesn't happen very often."

She enjoys nursing her baby with other mothers in the nursing room at church, but this is bigger.

"I've never had 50 other mothers around me," she said with a grin.

Dee Trentelman attended an event last year in Salt Lake City and was glad to be able to come to Ogden's event this year.

"Breast-feeding is awesome," Trentelman said as she bounced her 3-month-old daughter on her lap.

"It's like medicine. It helps keep them healthy, and the bonding is incredible."

Other moms were also glad to participate in a public event. Mikaela Shafer's 7-month-old didn't cooperate and stay latched on for the full minute. She laughed at her baby as she "un-latched."

"She nurses all day long, except for now," she joked. Shafer writes a blog and was interested in the event being in Ogden.

"I wanted to support it because, recently, moms have been asked to not breast-feed in public, and this is good for them to do together," she said.

She was happy with the turnout and enjoyed the wide range and age of moms and babies.

Jillian Haynes also helped with the event and loved how it turned out.

"Breast-feeding is such a hard thing, and people don't think it's difficult," she said.

She was unable to breast-feed her first child and worked hard to make it work with her second baby. She credits the support of the La Leche League and the Breastfeeding Cafe for helping her make it work.

"If you are successful, you should celebrate and you shouldn't have to hide. It's hard enough to take care of a baby without having to run away and hide every time they want to eat."

Lindstrom said the Big Latch On event is a kickoff of two weeks of classes and events for the Breastfeeding Cafe of SLC. Events will be held daily at the SLC main library.

"It's not that hard to hop on the train, and it is so great and helpful," she said of the cafe.

For more information on the events, visit www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com.

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