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October 22, 2009
Toronto wins worldwide breastfeeding challenge
Toronto has placed first in the world for the most children breastfeeding at one time in the 2009 Breastfeeding Challenge.

On October 3, mothers and babies at hundreds of sites across Canada and around the world competed to set a record for the most babies breastfeeding at one time. In Toronto, 190 mothers and 191 hungry infants and toddlers gathered at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts with family and friends to participate in this year’s challenge. Another 182 moms and babies participated online for a total of 372 mothers and 373 babies breastfeeding at the same time.

The Toronto event, organized by Toronto Public Health and the Chinese/Vietnamese Breastfeeding Network, was part of World Breastfeeding Week in Canada. The challenge reinforced the message of this year’s theme: breastfeeding saves lives. Breastfeeding helps to reduce the child’s risk of obesity and diabetes and the mother’s risk of cancer.

Toronto Public Health and Health Canada recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, the addition of iron-rich complementary foods at about six months, and continued breastfeeding to two years and beyond.

For breastfeeding information and support, call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600 or visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Rishma Govani
Media Relations Coordinator
Toronto Public Health
Tel: 416-338-7974



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