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Breastfeeding Information and Resources

The Metro Nashville Public Health Department is committed to giving babies a healthy start that includes promoting, supporting and protecting rights of breastfeeding mothers.   Breast milk provides the best nutrients for a newborn to grow, develop, and build a strong immune system.

Women who breastfeed have a lower risk of getting breast and ovarian cancers, and their babies are less likely to develop numerous conditions, including earaches, diabetes, and obesity. Many groups recommend that infants receive breast milk for at least the first year of life including:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

  • American Association of Family Physicians

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

  • Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Increasing breastfeeding rates in Davidson County is a key strategy to improve health in general, particularly aiding in the prevention of childhood obesity.  It is our vision that every mother has the opportunity and support necessary to breastfeed where they live, work, learn, worship, play, and give birth.

Further resources

Breastfeeding Rights: A Mom's Guide

NashVitality breastfeeding page

Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline
Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline

Call the WIC Information line at (615) 340-7788 and contact the WIC Clinic of your choice to talk to a designated breastfeeding expert or breastfeeding peer counselor.