Breastfeeding Resources



Kittitas County Breastfeeding Coalition

About Us

The Kittitas County Breastfeeding Coalition (KCBC) was created in 2013 and is facilitated by the Kittitas County Public Health Department. The group is comprised of individuals from multiple agencies around the county.

  • Kittitas Valley Healthcare
  • Kittitas County Public Health
  • Bright Beginnings for Kittitas County
  • Community Health of Central Washington’s WIC program
  • Local breastfeeding support groups and childbirth professionals

KCBC has worked in Kittitas County to provide educational resources to mothers as well as increasing environmental support for breastfeeding.

The coalition is open to anyone who would like to participate. Monthly meets occur on the third Wednesday of every month from 8:30 am to 9:30 am at the Kittitas County Public Health Department, conference room 115.

Breastfeeding Friendly Spaces

In 2014, KCBC members worked with local business owners to identify breastfeeding friendly spaces in downtown Ellensburg. These establishments met certain criteria, such as having a quiet and, if possible, private space for moms to breastfeed. Families can identify these spaces around town by the International Symbol for Breastfeeding (see below) decal in their window, or by using the Breastfeeding Friendly Spaces in Downtown Ellensburg Map.

In 2017, KCBC is updating and expanding the Breastfeeding Friendly Spaces project. Up to 50 Kittitas County businesses and organizations can be “Breastfeeding Friendly,” if they have a space especially for breastfeeding, or “Breastfeeding Welcoming,” if they offer a supportive environment for breastfeeding families. KCBC is currently collecting feedback from business owners about this project. If you would like to submit feedback or obtain Breastfeeding Friendly or Welcoming status, please email Tristen Lamb.

The Health Benefits of Breastfeeding

There are a variety of positive health outcomes for both mother and baby when breastfed. Human breast milk is easier for babies to digest, it is full of the nutrients your baby needs and protects against disease and infections. In fact, it is one of the most effective ways to protect an infant’s health.

Mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of: type 2 diabetes, certain types of breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.

KCPHD wants to help mothers who want to breastfeed by giving them the resources, education, and support to increase their success.

Environmental Support for Breastfeeding

Milk Expression Breaks
For those who need to breastfeed or pump while at work, employers will allow employees to use normal break and meal times or to negotiate time frames with employers.

A Place to Express Milk
A private, sanitary room will be made available to breastfeed employees to express milk. It should be located near a sink with running water for washing hands and rinsing out breast pump parts, and have an electrical outlet.

Breastfeeding Equipment
Having equipment available at your place of employment makes expressing milk much easier and less stressful while working. Designated areas to store breast milk will also improve workplace wellness for a breast feeding parent.

Facts and Figures

  • The Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ) reaffirms some short-term risks associate with early weaning and only formula fed infants.
    • Increase in common infections: diarrhea, ear infections (100 times higher in infants only formula-fed during first six months).
    • Although rare, exclusively formula-fed infants are at higher risk for lower respiratory infections and leukemia.
    • Hospitalization from lower respiratory tract disease is 250 percent among babies who are formula fed than only breast fed for at least four months.
    • SIDS increases 56% for those never breastfed.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 70% of babies start out being breastfed, but only 19% are solely breastfed 6 months later. These numbers are even lower for African American infants.

Additional Resources