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"Latch-On” event Saturday morning for Breastfeeding Awareness

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Thousands of moms worldwide are getting their babies ready to "latch on." They’re all breastfeeding at 10:30 Saturday morning and trying to set a new record for the most women nursing at the same time. The current record was set in 2010 by more than 9,800 nursing moms.

The participants hope power in numbers with raise support for breastfeeding in public places.

For 26 year-old Lindsey Ward of Woodbridge, breast-feeding is the greatest gift she can give her baby boy.

“It makes me feel empowered and that I'm doing the very best that I can as a mother for my child,” she said while cuddling her 7 month-old.

Back in July, Ward says an employee at a Fairfax County park told her she couldn't nurse in public. She was given two options: cover up or use the family restroom.

“I was really offended by that…and I told them I'm within my rights to breastfeed there and I'm supervising my daughter,” she said.

Ward is now teaming up with mothers across the globe who are breastfeeding for awareness.

“It should just be widely excepted everywhere,” she said. “It's not about breasts being sexualized and exposed.” “We're just simply feeding our babies,” she argued.

She says breast milk is the natural, normal food for our young and doctors agree.

A new study finds breastfeeding may boost your baby's IQ. The American Academy of Pediatrics says it's the healthiest way to feed a newborn.

“Babies who are breastfed have lower rates of infections,” said Dr. Robert Wiskind. The pediatrician also says breastfed babies have lower rates of common infections like colds and diarrhea illnesses, as well as lower rates of serious infection.

Those are just a few more reasons why Ward, a mother of three who struggled to breastfeed her first two children, will continue watching Adrian "latch on" with pride in public.

“Until mothers stop being told to cover up or go to the bathroom, there needs to be change,” she insisted.

For a more information and a list of latch-on events in your neighborhood, click here.

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