Community Breastfeeding Resources Guide
This guide for mothers lists resources for breastfeeding consultations, prenatal breastfeeding classes, breastfeeding support groups, regional WIC breastfeeding peer counselor services and breast pump rentals. Click here to view online.
Breastfeeding Welcomed Here Business Pledge
Citing benefits for mothers, babies and the broader community, the Knox County Health Department is encouraging businesses to sign the Breastfeeding Welcomed Here pledge. Tennessee law protects a mother’s right to breastfeed in any location, public or private, where she and her child are otherwise allowed to be. The pledge recognizes organizations who commit to training staff about being welcoming breastfeeding mothers and providing a welcoming environment for them. Click here to learn more.
Breastfeeding Support Group
The Knox Breastfriends Group is a support group for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. The group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the outside pavilion at Ijams Nature Center, located at 2915 Island Home Avenue; and the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the upstairs lobby at Lisa Ross Birth & Women's Center, 1925 Ailor Avenue.
Come join the group for songs, smiles and light snacks as breastfeeding mothers support each other through discussion, special speakers and lively conversation concerning breastfeeding topics. Older children are welcome, with supervision, along with the very small participants!
For more information about the group, contact Robin Penegar, WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator, at 865-215-5060.
For more information about the Women, Infants and Children Nutritional Program (WIC), click here.
For more information about the benefits of breastfeeding, please click here.
For more information about our Strong Baby campaign, please click here.
Launched by the Tennessee Department of Health, this new hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and Certificated Lactation Counselors. The hotline provides accurate, up-to-date information at any time of day or night to address common questions and concerns about breastfeeding. Click here for more information.