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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.