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Breastfeeding Resources

Kittitas County Breastfeeding Coalition

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.

Membership and Meetings

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:

  • Community Members
  • Kittitas Valley Healthcare
  • Kittitas County Public Health Department
  • Bright Beginnings for Kittitas County
  • Community Health of Central Washington’s WIC program
  • Local breastfeeding support groups and childbirth professionals
    • Nurturing Naturally
    • La Leche League of Kittitas County

The coalition is open to anyone who would like to participate. Monthly meets occur on the third Wednesday of every month from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the Kittitas County Public Health Department, conference room 115.

Past Meeting Minutes & Meeting Materials

20170621-KCBC-Minutes-and-Attachments
20170719-KCBC-Minutes
20170823-KCBC-Minutes
20170920-KCBC-Minutes
20171002-KCBC-Strategic-Planning-Retreat-RECAP
20171018-KCBC-Minutes
20171115-KCBC-Minutes

Promote

KCBC promotes breastfeeding in every stage and environment. Some promotional activities of the coalition include:

  • Breastfeeding Resource Guide in English & Spanish )
  • KCBC Baby Feeding Stations
    • Fair
    • CWU Commencement
  • World Breastfeeding Week Celebration & Farmers Market Booth

Protect

KCPHD and KCBC collaborate to protect breastfeeding and pumping mothers at home, in the workplace, and in public.

Read this article about breastfeeding laws and protections.

See this draft policy for guidance for workplaces looking to support breastfeeding and pumping employees.

Support

KCBC supports women wherever their breastfeeding journey takes them. All families are seen and heard.

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.

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