Breastfeeding Coalition of WA | WithinReach WA

Breastfeeding Coalition of Washngton

 

 

Healthy communities breastfeed!

The Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington (BCW) is a statewide network of hundreds of individuals and over 20 local community coalitions and partner organizations. Our mission is to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding as vital to the health of our communities. The BCW was founded in 1995 and is a program of WithinReach.

We work to increase initiation, duration and exclusivity rates of breastfeeding through promotion projects, education and resource sharing with the larger aim of establishing breastfeeding as the cultural norm in Washington. Our vision is that Washington state champions breastfeeding as the foundation for lifelong health and wellness. We strive to eliminate all breastfeeding barriers, and to ensure all Washington mothers have equitable access to breastfeeding support and resources. Our work influences mothers and families, communities, organizations, and the larger sociocultural environment, all of which impact breastfeeding.

BCW Statewide Goals:

  • Advocate and implement best practices that support breastfeeding within hospitals, birthing facilities, health clinics, workplaces, and childcare facilities.
  • Promote and protect a supportive environment for breastfeeding.
  • Increase equitable access to lactation services, accurate breastfeeding information, and culturally relevant breastfeeding support.
  • Promote success among coalition members by facilitating communication, diverse membership representation, and visibility in local communities.

Join:

We welcome interested individuals and organizations to join our breastfeeding promotion efforts. To get involved or to link a new coalition with the BCW, contact Alex Sosa, Breastfeeding Promotion Manager, (206) 838-8655.

To join the local coalition in your community, please contact them directly – Find Local Breastfeeding Coalitions.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Washington Coalition on Medicaid Outreach Spokane
    • WCOMO Spokane
      September 29, 2017
      9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Description: The Washington Coalition on Medicaid Outreach (WCOMO) provides essential information on innovative outreach strategies, health care reform and Medicaid policies. This longstanding coalition works…

  • 2017 Statewide WIC Conference
    • October 24, 2017 - October 25, 2017
      8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    SAVE THE DATE Nutrition First is hosting this year's statewide WIC Conference! WIC colleagues from around the state will participate inĀ an energizing and educational conference…

  • The Lactation Journal Club
    • November 15, 2017
      7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    During these meetings we review and discuss current research and literature related to breastfeeding. Two IBLCE CERPs provided for a small fee ($5). The Lactation…