On Saturday, mothers from around the region joined together for "The Big Latch-On" event. The "Big Latch-On" is a community-building event held every August to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.
The event involves groups of breastfeeding women gathering together at registered locations around the world to all "latch-on" to their child or children at a set time. All of the children are latched on for one minute at the set time and are counted by witnesses. Numbers are added to a global total to see if we can beat the previous year’s "Big Latch On" record. This year’s "Big Latch-On" event was held at the University of Pikeville's Record Booth Memorial.
Organizer Ashley Stewart says this is a way for moms to become more comfortable with breastfeeding.
At this time, numbers haven't been totaled so it's unknown if last year's record was beaten.