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Nursing Moms Set a Record

La Leche League moms of Greenwich and Stamford set the record Tuesday for breastfeeding the most babies simultaneously in Connecticut. Kristine Redlien, a Stamford mom and teacher at Easton Middle School, and Rachel Beninati of Stamford brought their children to the event at Kosciuszko Park in Stamford.

“I wanted to be part of an event that supports the fact that breastfeeding is natural,” said Beninati, who was with her daughter Maya. “We want to remove the stigma that breastfeeding is negative.”

The La Leche League is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support, encouragement and education to women who want to breastfeed. The purpose of the Stamford gathering was to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and raise awareness.

“Breast milk is the normal milk babies should receive,” said Annie Brown, whose four grown children were all breastfed. “Today we didn’t set the world record of 3,800, which was done in the Philippines, but we got close to 38,” said Brown, one of three leaders of the group.

The 14 Greenwich-Stamford La Leche moms joined 11 from the West Hartford branch to set a Connecticut record with 36. The group may make the event annual.

“This is just one part of people’s lives,” said Redlien, holding her son Quinton. “Everyone here has different backgrounds, some work, some don’t, but breastfeeding is a way to bring us all together and give support to each other.”

La Leche hosts regular meetings the first Thursday of the month and third Wednesday of the month at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Greenwich. The group also provides mother-to-mother telephone counseling through the HELPLLLINE at (860-563-6624). La Leche League of Greenwich/Stamford also serves non-English speakers through one of its Spanish/Portuguese speaking leaders. For more information, visit their Web site.

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