Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is an important predictor of the health of both a mom and her baby. Moms already know breast is best: nine out of ten babies in Washington begin life breastfeeding! However, just 34% of babies are still breastfeeding at one year, and only 20% of babies are fed only breastmilk for the recommended six months.

WithinReach’s Breastfeeding Program provides a state-level support system to improve care for moms and babies across Washington State. WithinReach also houses the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington (BCW), a network of community members and local coalitions that serve to establish breastfeeding as the gold standard of infant feeding and nutrition.

WithinReach and the BCW provide the necessary support with the goal that moms are able to breastfeed longer and underserved populations have equitable access to breastfeeding resources. Here you will find information on the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington and other community projects, as well as breastfeeding resources.