Breastfeeding News and Events
National Breastfeeding Month 2018
August was National Breastfeeding Month! According to the 2016/2017 National Immunization Survey (NIS) breastfeeding data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- About 3 out of every 4 (75.7%) Tennessee infants born in 2015 were ever breastfed (US = 83.2%)
- Nearly half (49.8%) of Tennessee infants born in 2015 were breastfed at 6 months (US = 57.6%)
Nationally, close to 86% of Non-Hispanic white women had ever breastfed compared to 69% 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.
All 95 counties in Tennessee celebrated National Breastfeeding Month with 127 activities statewide! We kicked off August with World Breastfeeding Week from August 1st to 7th and the Global Big Latch On from August 3rd to 5th. Events continued throughout August and wrapped up with Black Breastfeeding Week from August 25th to 31st!
World Breastfeeding Week - The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) coordinates the annual World Breastfeeding Week campaign. This year's theme was "Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life". Tennessee had 40 counties hosting 51 events to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.
Global Big Latch On - The Global Big Latch On 2018 took 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 had 21 counties participate, resulting in over 2,000 attendees and 584 children latched for the count!
Participating counties were: Bedford, Blount, Davidson, Dickson, Dyer, Gibson, Giles, Hamilton, Humphreys, Knox, Lawrence, Loudon, Maury, McMinn, Monroe, Obion, Robertson, Sevier, Shelby, Stewart, and Wilson.
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 was Love On Top. For more information about Black Breastfeeding Week, visit their website and Facebook pages.
Hamilton and Shelby counties hosted events to celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week!