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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.