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Tennessee Celebrates National Breastfeeding Month 2019!

August is 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 is "Support Changes Everything", highlighting four sub-themes throughout the month:

  • Week 1: Empowered Parents & Partners (World Breastfeeding Week - August 1st to 7th)
  • Week 2: Investing in Our Future
  • Week 3: Workplace and Work Life (or School Life)
  • Week 4: Black Breastfeeding Week (August 25th to 31st)

For more informaton including learning opportunities, action opportunities, and tools and resources, visit

Tennessee has 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 if a breastfeeding event is happening in your area.  More details about these events are within the calendar below. 


World Breastfeeding Week 2019 Image

World Breastfeeding Week -  The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) coordinates the annual World Breastfeeding Week campaign.  This year's theme is "Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding".  Tennessee has 35 counties hosting 39 events to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.   

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

The Global Big Latch On image

Global Big Latch On - This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Global Big Latch On.  The Global Big Latch On occurs over three days (Friday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 4th) 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 16 counties participating, aiming to surpass the 584 children latched for the count last year!

Participating counties are:  Anderson, Blount, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Dyer, Giles, Hamilton, Houston, Knox, Lawrence, Maury, Obion, Robertson, Shelby, and Wilson. 

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

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.   This year's theme is "The World is Yours: Imagine. Innovate. Liberate."  For more information about Black Breastfeeding Week, visit their website and Facebook pages.

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


Find Your Local Breastfeeding Events

Use the table below to find breastfeeding events happening in your community.  You can search by county, date of the event, or event type.  Then, scroll down and locate a more detailed description of the event within the calendar.

Hint: Switch the calendar view from Month to Agenda for an easier vieiwing of the full listing and details.


County Event Name Event Type Event Start Date Event Start Time

You can also download the complete list of Tennessee Breastfeeding Events here.  Events are color coded within the PDF as follows: Big Latch On (Blue), World Breastfeeding Week (Red), Informational Displays (Yellow), National Breastfeeding Month (Green), and Black Breastfeeding Week (Purple).