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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.
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) 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:
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.
KCBC promotes breastfeeding in every stage and environment. Some promotional activities of the coalition include:
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.
KCBC supports women wherever their breastfeeding journey takes them. All families are seen and heard.
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.
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.