Knox County Tennessee

New mothers encouraged to attend the Big Latch On

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The Knox County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, Knox County Health Department (KCHD); and East Tennessee Breastfeeding Coalition will host their seventh annual World Breastfeeding Week kick-off Friday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. Breastfeeding mothers, moms-to-be, families and breastfeeding advocates are encouraged to attend the free event.

Research has shown that there is no better food than breast milk for a baby’s first year of life, yet only 16.1 percent of Tennessee’s babies are exclusively breastfed by 6 months of age – the recommendation.

In addition to informational booths, activities at the Aug. 4 event include:

  • The Big Latch On – An opportunity for local moms to participate in the international Big Latch On, where women from around the world meet at registered locations to breastfeed their children at the same time. To participate, mothers can register beginning at 9:45 a.m. at Ijams Nature Center. The Big Latch On takes place at 10:30 a.m.
  • Marcie Singleton Award Announcement – A tireless advocate for a mother’s right to breastfeed, Marcie Singleton was the nutrition director and breastfeeding coordinator for the Knox County WIC Program. Each year, the award is given to a business or individual who goes above and beyond to promote and/or be supportive of breastfeeding.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card, 24.7 percent of babies born in Tennessee were breastfed at 12 months of age. The national Healthy People 2020 goal, a common health benchmark, is 34 percent. Breastfed babies are less likely to develop numerous health conditions, including diabetes and obesity. In fact, a baby’s risk of becoming an overweight child goes down with each month of breastfeeding.

For mothers, breastfeeding lowers the risk for breast and ovarian cancers, and possibly the risk of endometrial cancer. Breastfeeding strengthens a mother's bones, decreasing her risk of hip fractures and osteoporosis after menopause. Breastfeeding also lowers a mother's risk of diabetes and heart disease, promotes bonding, and helps with relaxation, possibly reducing the mother's risk of postpartum depression.

In addition to the health benefits for mother and child, a study published in 2010 in the journal Pediatrics estimated that the nation would save $13 billion per year in health care and other costs if 90 percent of U.S. babies were exclusively breastfed for six months. A mother’s breastfeeding success rate can be greatly improved through active support from her family, friends, community, clinicians, employer and community leaders.

More information about the Aug. 4 event is available by contacting Knox County WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator Robin Penegar at 865-215-5060.

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Knox County Tennessee - Health Department

Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-215-5000

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Please Note:

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.
On the third Wednesday of every month, KCHD clinics (Women's Health, COE, CDC, Dental, TIC, Immunizations, COVID clinic and West) are closed in the morning for staff clinical education. On these days, the main location will open at 10 a.m. and the West Clinic will open at 10:30 a.m.
*All other offices will open at 8 a.m.

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1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-215-5950

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

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