Nursing mothers and their babies joined lactation consultants and nurses at Santa Rosa Park in San Luis Obispo Saturday to participate in The Global Big Latch On.
The event was organized by Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and Twin Cities Community Hospital with the goal of raising awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and fostering a sense of community among breastfeeding mothers.
Event organizers said breastfeeding is important for the health of both babies and mothers. They said it can provide necessary nutrition as well as prevent illness.
According to the World Health Organization, breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure a child's health and survival.
Thousands of woman in locations across the globe simultaneously nursed their babies at 10:30 a.m. local time to try to break the current Global Big Latch On record of more than 21,000 children breastfeeding at 778 locations across 28 countries.
World Breastfeeding Week is August 1 - August 7.