NASHVILLE, TN (WJHL) — The Tennessee Health Department is encouraging women to breastfeed their babies with events across the state. They are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week August 1st through the 7th to promote the importance of breastfeeding.
Health officials say the benefits of breastfeeding babies include protection against upper respiratory infections, ear infections, gastrointestinal diseases and obesity as well as reducing the risk of breast cancer in mothers.
To promote breastfeeding, the health department says every county in Tennessee has at least on event scheduled to Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. You can find a calendar of events at http://tn.gov/health/article/breastfeeding-awareness.
The Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline is a resource to assist nursing mothers and families. Officials say this toll free number is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to connect breastfeeding mothers, caregivers, family members and others seeking information on breastfeeding with trained lactation consultants and counselors. To learn more about breastfeeding you can also go to http://breastfeeding.tn.gov/.