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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-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.
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Our Vision:Kittitas County aspires to be the most breastfeeding supportive county in Washington.
Our Mission:The Kittitas County Breastfeeding Coalition promotes, protects, and supports breastfeeding for lifelong individual, family, and community health.
The Kittitas County Breastfeeding Coalition (KCBC) promotes breastfeeding in every stage and environment. This includes activities such as World Breastfeeding Week events, operating baby feeding stations at community events, and providing opportunities to learn more about breastfeeding through academic and community presentations. KCPHD and KCBC collaborate to protect breastfeeding and pumping mothers at home, in the workplace, and in public by offering information, resources, and referrals on breastfeeding laws and protections, in addition to support and guidance for workplaces looking to increase support of breastfeeding and pumping employees.
KCBC supports parents wherever their breastfeeding journey takes them. All families are seen and heard.
KCBC was created in 2013 and is facilitated by the Kittitas County Public Health Department through funding from the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant. The group is comprised of representatives from many sectors, including:
The coalition is open to anyone who would like to participate. Monthly meetings occur on the third Wednesday of every month online from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Please call the
Kittitas County Public Health Department for meeting information. Meeting dates/times are occasionally adjusted due to holidays and other unexpected scheduling reasons.
Each year, the Kittitas County Breastfeeding Coalition compiles a resource guide outlining all of the free breastfeeding resources in our community. Links to the guide can be found below, or for free hard copies please contact the Public Health Department.
Milk Expression Breaks
For those who need to breastfeed or pump while at work, employers will allow employees to use normal break and mealtimes 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.
Access to personal equipment at your place of employment makes expressing milk much easier and less stressful while working. Available storage space for equipment, as well as designated areas to store breast milk will also improve workplace wellness for a breastfeeding parent.
Please see Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces Project page for more information and the
"Making Milk Expression at Work, Work!" Social Media Toolkit.
Breastfeeding in Public
It is the right of a mother to breastfeed her child in any place of public resort, accommodation, assemblage, or amusement (RCW 49.60.030)
Breastfeeding is NOT Indecent Exposure
The act of breastfeeding or expressing breast milk is not indecent exposure (RCW 9A.88.010)
Breastfeeding Discrimination is Illegal
It shall be an unfair practice for any person or the person's agent or employee to commit an act which directly or indirectly results in any distinction, restriction, or discrimination [based on the] status as a mother breastfeeding her child (RCW 49.60.215)
For more information about Washington’s breastfeeding related laws, please visit:
Washington State Legislature Human Rights Commission
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.