Kickoff events planned for World breastfeeding week


On Saturday, August 4 at 10:00am, Nashville area moms will join moms from 11 countries participating in The Big Latch On, a global breastfeeding initiative that allows communities to show support to moms.

All nursing mothers and moms-to-be are invited to Hadley Park Recreation Center from 10:00am-11:30am to enjoy wellness information, refreshments, and peer support.

The Big Latch On, the main event, will take place at 10:30am. This free community event is sponsored by the Nashville Breastfeeding Coalition, NashVitality, Metro Public Health Department and Julie’s Village.

The Big Latch On is scheduled during World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7. Governor Haslam recently signed a proclamation officially recognizing World Breastfeeding Week in Tennessee.

“The Nashville Breastfeeding Coalition accepts projects that make a direct impact to the community. We feel lucky to be supporting breastfeeding mothers and helping to educate moms-to-be at this event. We can’t wait to be with our Nashville area moms and babies!” – Julie Hamilton, President of Nashville Breastfeeding Coalition and CEO of Julie’s Village.


Marcie Singleton Award Recognizes Efforts on Behalf of Breastfeeding Mothers and Their Babies

 To kick off World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-7), the East Tennessee Breastfeeding Coalition (ETBC) is hosting an “Ages and Stages” themed celebration at New Harvest Park, 4775 New Harvest Lane, on Aug. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At 12:30, ETBC will be presenting the Marcie Singleton Award in recognition to a business or organization that best provided for the needs of breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Knox County Public Library is this year’s recipient. The event is free and open to the public. Breastfeeding mothers and moms-to-be are encouraged to attend.

 “We are very honored to be recognized as an employer who values breast-feeding,” said Myretta Black, Knox County Public Library director. “Giving children a healthy start through proper nutrition can set a tone for life. Research is clear that breast-feeding babies is one of the most important foundations to good health.” 

 Marcie Singleton was the Nutrition Director and Breastfeeding Coordinator for the Knox County Health Department’s Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). She was a tireless advocate for mothers’ and babies’ rights to breastfeed. Her work included consultation with businesses to build lactation programs using the Business Case for Breastfeeding, a comprehensive program designed to educate employers about the value of supporting breastfeeding employees in the workplace. Last year’s award recipient was the Knoxville office of Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain (LBMC), a firm that provides accounting, human resources, technology, staffing and investment advisory services.  In 2010, ETBC recognized East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and EdFinancial. 

 As part of the “Ages and Stages” theme, participants will be able to visit booths with information and activities related to the baby’s age and stage in life, starting with newborn and going all the way to two years old, which is the World Health Organization’s recommendation for breastfeeding. Here is a list of booth sponsors:

 0-3 months ¾ Fluff and Stuff, baby wearing items and ideas
3-6 months
¾ Knox County Health Department’s WIC program and Dietitian Sarah Griswold, back to work
6-9 months
¾ Lisa Ross Breastfeeding Center, mama craft making nursing necklaces
9-12 months
¾ Amy Dever, UT Nutrition Department, healthy finger foods for the breastfeeding baby
12 months and beyond
¾ Holistic Moms Network, baby led weaning

 Not only do breastfed babies and their mothers receive numerous benefits from their time breastfeeding, but employers and society as a whole profit from the relationship.  Breastfed babies have fewer ear infections, lower respiratory infections, and less diarrhea, as well as a reduced risk for asthma, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression.  Employers benefit because parents of breastfed babies miss less work time caring for their sick child. They also save the medical costs from dependents on the company health care plan.

 Societal benefits of breastfeeding include the prevention of 1,000 infant deaths annually and the savings of approximately $13 billion per year nationally. Medical care costs are lower for fully breastfed infants than those infants who were never breastfed. Breastfed infants typically need fewer sick care visits, prescriptions, and hospitalizations. Breastfeeding also is environmentally friendly. It requires no formula production, packaging, or shipping. 

 The components of time and place are both regulated by state and federal law.  Tenn. Code Ann. § 50-1-305 (1999) requires employers to provide daily unpaid break time for a mother to express breast milk for her infant child. Employers also are required to make a reasonable effort to provide a private location, other than a toilet stall, in close proximity to the workplace for this activity. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 also addresses an employer’s responsibilities toward breastfeeding mothers. Employers are required to provide “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.” Employers are also required to provide “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.”