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Tennessee Celebrated National Breastfeeding Month 2019!

August was National Breastfeeding Month!  According to the 2017-2018 National Immunization Survey (NIS) breastfeeding data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • 82.2% of Tennessee infants born in 2016 were ever breastfed (US = 83.8%)
  • More than half (53.4%) of Tennessee infants born in 2016 were breastfed at 6 months (US = 57.3%)

Nationally, about 87% of Non-Hispanic white women had ever breastfed compared to 74% of Non-Hispanic black women. 

Tennessee Department of Health data show roughly 4 out of 5 mothers (80.9%) initiated breastfeeding with their newborn in 2017.  Breastfeeding initiation for white infants was 17% higher than black infants.  Although Tennessee has seen an increase in breastfeeding rates, there is still work to be done to reach our goal of breastfeeding equity.  

breastfeeding mom with partner
breastfeeding mom in chair

Breastfeeding Celebrations

The theme for National Breastfeeding Month 2019 was "Support Changes Everything", highlighting four sub-themes throughout the month:

  • Week 1: Empowered Parents & Partners 
  • Week 2: Investing in Our Future
  • Week 3: Workplace and Work Life (or School Life)
  • Week 4: Black Breastfeeding Week 

Tennessee had 77 counties celebrating National Breastfeeding Month, World Breastfeeding Week, the 10th Global Big Latch On, and Black Breastfeeding Week with nearly 100 activities statewide!  Check out the map to see where breastfeeding events took place! 


World Breastfeeding Week 2019 Image

World Breastfeeding Week -  The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) coordinates the annual World Breastfeeding Week campaign.  The theme for 2019 was "Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding".  Tennessee had 35 counties that hosted 39 events to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.  

The Global Big Latch On image

Global Big Latch On - 2019 marked the 10th Anniversary of the Global Big Latch On.  The Global Big Latch On occurs over three days during World Breastfeeding Week to strengthen national and global support for breastfeeding and to improve the health of children and women around the world. 

Tennessee had 16 counties participate: Anderson, Blount, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Dyer, Giles, Hamilton, Houston, Knox, Lawrence, Maury, Obion, Robertson, Shelby, and Wilson.

Black Breastfeeding Week 2019 Image

Black Breastfeeding Week - Black Breastfeeding Week strives to highlight and celebrate African-American breastfeeding mothers and professionals  and bring awareness to lingering racial disparity in breastfeeding within communities.   The theme for 2019 was "The World is Yours: Imagine. Innovate. Liberate."  

Davidson, Hamilton, and Shelby counties hosted events to celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week 2019!