Filipino mums joined the effort to break the social taboo of breastfeeding in Manila today as part of the observance of World Ladyfeeding Week 2017. Thousands of women across the Philippines have attempted to break the world record for simultaneous breastfeeding within one minute. To the upbeat sounds of local pop songs, hundreds of mothers suckled their babies inside a cavernous stadium, some of them multitasking by feeding two children at the same time.
Organisers of the annual event said they aimed to encourage Filipino mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months to lower the country’s high infant mortality rate.
They said the event failed to break the world record of over 3,000 people, but managed to draw a much larger crowd than in years past.
It is estimated that 2,100 women joined together to breastfeed their babies.