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KCHD and partners recognize breastfeeding-friendly businesses

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Thank you to the businesses that signed the Breastfeeding Welcomed Here Pledge

The Knox County Health Department (KCHD), East Tennessee Breastfeeding Coalition and Junior League of Knoxville held an event this month to build awareness of and participation in the Breastfeeding Welcomed Here initiative, which is funded under an agreement with the state Department of Health. More than 30 businesses and organizations were recognized for signing the pledge. They include:

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% of U.S. babies were exclusively breastfed for six months.

AJCC Preschool

Bread of Life

Burlington Branch Library

Cedar Bluff Dental Center, P.C.

Chick-Fil-A (Parkside Drive)

Cirkel LLC

City of Knoxville - Office of Business Support

Cozy Kids Daycare

CQ Photography

Cruze Dairy Farm

Davis Center for Child Development

DMG Bluegill

Edfinancial

Exedy America Corporation

Heliotropic Healing

Honey Dew Naturals

Junior League of Knoxville

Just Ripe

Knox County Health Department

Knoxville Pediatric Associates (Grigsby Chapel)

Knoxville Pediatric Associates (Weisgarber)

Knoxville TVA Credit Union

La Petite Academy

La Selva MedSpa & Reflexology

LBMC

Lisa Ross Birth and Women’s Center

Lockmiller PR

Lox Salon

Magpies Bakery

Morris Creative Group LLC

Mr. Sandman Hardwood Flooring Specialists

Oodles Uncorked

Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutritional Support, PC

Pups N Pals

Renal Management Company

Robledo Translations, LLC

Soccer Taco

Steamboat Sandwiches

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church

Three Rivers Market

Traditional Health Clinic & Spa

Vitamin Shoppe

Yalad Maternity Services


By participating, businesses agree to:

  1. Provide a welcoming environment where breastfeeding mothers are able to sit anywhere and enjoy a friendly attitude from staff and customers;
  2. Educate staff about Tennessee law regarding breastfeeding and how to handle complaints and concerns; and
  3. Display a window graphic that will alert moms to public locations where they can breastfeed comfortably.

Breastfeeding has many known health benefits, not the least of which includes a reduced risk of obesity for the baby (1) and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes for both mother (2) and child (3). Spearheaded locally by the Knox County Health Department and the East Tennessee Breastfeeding Coalition, the Breastfeeding Welcomed Here Pledge is designed to encourage more women to breastfeed their babies and to do so for a longer duration by making our community friendlier to breastfeeding families.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the lack of support for breastfeeding is one of the obstacles to its success.

Tennessee law protects a mother’s right to breastfeed her child in public. Women returning to work after maternity leave are also protected if they wish to express milk for their children. Tennessee law (TCA 68-58-101) permits a mother to breastfeed in any location, public or private, where she is authorized to be.

Click here to sign the pledge.


This project is funded under an agreement with the state of Tennessee

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