Man arrested for filming woman, child in Target dressing room
Chesterfield man disappears during swim
Plan to replace Richmond Coliseum
Motorcyclist killed after striking deer in Powhatan County
Police say infant killed in fatal crash was not properly secured
Police believe dash cam footage could help solve I-95 hit-and-run
Chesterfield man suspected of drowning in Virginia creek

Thousands gather to support breastfeeding

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Thousands around the world, including those here in Central Virginia, attempted to break a breast feeding record.

As a part of world breast feeding week, hundreds of moms and their babies showed up at Richmond's Capital Square Bell Tower this morning.

Sponsors believe breastfeeding contributes to the growth and development of babies.  According to the World Health Organization, it can prevent malnutrition and 1 million children from dying.

Amy Turner from Bon Secours says breastfeeding is beneficial for the mother and child.  "Children are less likely to have less medical issues and are more likely to bond emotionally with the mother.  They have the special time with mom and closeness through that process of breastfeeding."

The Richmond Times Dispatch says Richmond is one of 460 cities participating in this worldwide event.

The big latch started seven years ago in New Zealand and is celebrated in 120 countries.