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Breastfeeding News and Events

National Breastfeeding Month 2018

August is National Breastfeeding Month!  According to the 2015/2016 National Immunization Survey (NIS) breastfeeding data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Ever Breastfed in Tennessee Percentage (81.1%)
Breastfed at 6 Months in Tennessee (57%)

Nearly 86% of Non-Hispanic white women had ever breastfed compared to 68% of Non-Hispanic black women.  In Tennessee, breastfeeding initiation for white infants was 19% higher than black infants in 2016.  Tennessee has seen an increase in breastfeeding rates, but there is still work to be done to reach our goal of breastfeeding equity.  

Breastfeeding Celebrations

All 95 counties in Tennessee are celebrating National Breastfeeding Month with 127 activities statewide!  We kick off August with World Breastfeeding Week from August 1st to 7th and the Global Big Latch On from August 3rd to 5th.   Events continue throughout August and wrap up with Black Breastfeeding Week from August 25th to 31st!  Scroll below to find out what's happening in your community.


World Breastfeeding Week -  The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) coordinates the annual World Breastfeeding Week campaign.  This year's theme is "Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life".  Tennessee has 40 counties hosting 51 events to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.   

For more information about World Breastfeeding Week, visit their website and Facebook pages.


Global Big Latch On - The Global Big Latch On 2018 takes place 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.  This year, Tennessee has 20 counties participating in the Big Latch On! 

Participating counties are:  Blount, Davidson, Dickson, Dyer, Gibson, Giles, Hamilton, Humphreys, Knox, Lawrence, Loudon, Maury, McMinn, Monroe, Obion, Robertson, Sevier, Shelby, Stewart, and Wilson. 

For more information about the Global Big Latch On, visit their website and Facebook pages. 


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 2018 is Love On Top.  For more information about Black Breastfeeding Week, visit their website and Facebook pages.

Hamilton and Shelby counties are hosting events to celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week!

Find Your Breastfeeding Event!

Use this table to search for events happening in your community during the month of August. You can also filter events by county and event type. Then, get more details about each event in the calendar below.

Event County Event Type Event Name Start Date End Date

Tennessee Breastfeeding Events Calendar

Events are color coded as follows:

  • Red - World Breastfeeding Week
  • Blue - Big Latch On 
  • Green - National Breastfeeding Month
  • Brown - Black Breastfeeding Week
  • Orange - Informational Display or Bulletin Board