Smoking & Breastfeeding

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Smoking while breastfeeding is not without risk. Nicotine is harmful for a baby whose body is still developing quickly.  There are ways to avoid exposing your baby to nicotine by smoking after breastfeeding instead of before, and not smoking at least 2 hours before feeding.

Experts and doctors would rather have a smoking mother who breastfeeds than a smoking mother who gives formula milk. Medical experts state the nutrients in breast milk can more than compensate for the ill effects of smoking, as compared to a smoking mother that gives formula.


Let’s quit to make baby’s first food healthier.

The Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line is here to help.

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW!

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Has your life been affected by cigarette smoking? Are you a former smoker? Did you quit for personal health reasons? How long did you smoke? Are you a current smoker? Do you know someone who died after years of smoking? We are always looking for new stories for our Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Blog. You NEVER know when your story could help someone else and encourage them to stop smoking. Send us your contact information below so we can tell YOUR story.


Gold Sneaker!!!

WHAT IS THE GOLD SNEAKER INITIATIVE? The Gold Sneaker Initiative enhances policy related to health and wellness within licensed child care facilities in Tennessee. Gold Sneaker consists of 9 policies which deal with physical activity, nutrition and a tobacco-free campus. Participation in Gold Sneaker is voluntary and FREE! Child care programs that implement the policies will earn a Gold Sneaker award and are designated a ‘Gold Sneaker’ child care facility. 2 hours of continuing education is awarded and recognized by the Department of Human Services.

A Gold Sneaker designated facility will receive:

• an incentive package, with $200 worth of physical activity and nutrition resources

• a certificate signed by the Governor

• access to an electronic Gold Sneaker logo for parent letters, etc.

• two Gold Sneaker decals for your facility doors

• recognition on the Gold Sneaker web page, and

• a Gold Sneaker newsletter.

Gold Sneaker Facilities will:

• offer children at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day

• limit television and video viewing to 60 minutes per day of educational programs

• not allow children to remain sedentary or passive for more than 60 minutes continuously

• ensure physical activity is a positive experience

• ensure appropriate feeding patterns, including breastfeeding

• ensure appropriate feeding patterns, including adequate time for meal consumption

• ensure appropriate infant and child feeding patterns, including appropriate portion sizes

• promote a positive attitude toward food, and

• maintain a tobacco free campus.
For policy details and to learn more about the Gold Sneaker Initiative, please go to:


To become a Gold Sneaker facility, please contact
Marcha E. Allen-Bradley, M.B.A.

Tobacco Risk Coordinator

Office (901) 222-9273

Fax (901) 222-9287