July 2016 - In This Issue:

The BCW newsletter is sent to BCW members and partners every other month. Please feel free to forward our newsletter to other coalition members, groups or individuals. 



Contact the Breastfeeding Promotion Manager:

Alex Sosa at alexs@withinreachwa.org or  206-838-8655


For more information about the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington:




Fairness Across Places? Your Health in Pierce County from Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

OFCCP Updates Sex Discrimination Rule from US Department of Labor

Poverty & Child Health Initiative from American Academy of Pediatrics

Signs of Progress from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Working Mothers Issue Brief from Women's Bureau Department of Labor
Working Women's Clearinghouse from US Department of Labor
Next BCW General Meeting: October 28th (Location TBD)

AUGUST 2-3, 2016

AUGUST 5-7, 2016
Arlington, VA

AUGUST 8-9, 2016
Chehalis, WA

AUGUST 17, 2016
Statewide Breastfeeding Equity Webinar

AUGUST 23-24, 2016

SEPTEMBER 7-9, 2016
Berkeley, CA 

SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
South Tacoma, WA

SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
Olympia, WA

SEPTEMBER 19-23, 2016
Seattle, WA

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
Yakima, WA

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
Spokane Valley, WA

SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
Tukwila, WA

OCTOBER 17-21, 2016
Berkeley, CA

OCTOBER 20, 2016
Woodinville, WA

OCTOBER 27-28, 2016
Berkeley, CA

This year's World Breastfeeding Week theme, Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development, not only anchors breastfeeding as vital to sustainability but emphasizes the importance of partnership and collaboration within our community. In this edition of the newsletter, we are proud to share the hard work that many communities across Washington State have put together during the month of August in honor of breastfeeding awareness. We invite you to find the nearest breastfeeding celebration in your community, bring a friend or a few and join the celebrations!
Speaking about communities, the BCW would like to give a SHOUT OUT and  WELCOME to  Okanogan County Breastfeeding Coalition They held their very successful first meeting this past month and will continue to meet on a monthly basis.
The BCW is also thrilled to report that our neighbor, Idaho, has reactivated the Idaho State Breastfeeding Coalition. The coalition recently resumed meetings a couple of months ago and is hosting a strategic planning session this coming August. To contact the Idaho Breastfeeding Coalition, email or call Leah Sallas from the Idaho WIC Program at 208-334-4937or  sallasl@dhw.idaho.gov .
Best of luck to the Idaho Breastfeeding Coalition!
And finally our friends at Thrive Washington are promoting breastfeeding and World Breastfeeding Week among their Home Visiting Service Account colleagues. They are compiling resources and stories to share with their community to help better support breastfeeding mothers. They will be highlighting stories about how home visitors have helped their breastfeeding families in their August Newsletter. It is truly energizing to see partners in other sectors supporting breastfeeding families in Washington!

Thank you to all of you for your amazing hard work and for sharing these events with us. We are so proud and humbled by your commitment and passion to honor breastfeeding in support of families. We hope you have a wonderful World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month!

In admiration,

Alex Sosa & Chris Gray

Welcome the Okanogan County Breastfeeding Coalition!
We are excited to announce the reformation of the Okanogan Breastfeeding Coalition...
The Okanogan County Breastfeeding Coalition (OCBC) held their first meeting this past July and hosted 8 people:
  • 3 WIC staff
  • 2 Mid-Valley Hospital staff
  • 1 individual from Okanogan Behavioral Health
  • 1 IBCLC new to the county
OCBC will be working on parent support resources for the community, such as creating parenting groups. Okanogan County does not currently offer this resource or support to families in the area. OCBC will meet the second Tuesday of every month. Please welcome them to our breastfeeding community!

OCBC meeting info:

Date: 2nd Tuesday of the month
Time: 6pm
Location:  Family Health Centers WIC Clinic
716 1st Ave S
Okanogan, WA 98840
Contact: Michele Crockett, 425-501-4578

Take a look at how Washington State will be celebrating World Breastfeeding Week!
World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) occurs every year from August 1st-7th and is celebrated around the world. This year's theme "Breastfeeding: A key to Sustainable Development" supports the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that aim to end poverty, promote health and wellness, and foster an equitable and sustainable future. Read on to learn about celebrations happening across Washington State!
  • Nutrition First encourages people to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week by posting a "Breastie," a picture of you or another mom (with consent), on the Nutrition First Facebook page. Use hashtags #WBW2016, #BreastfeedWA

August 1st
715 W Court St
Pasco, WA 99301
August 1st-3rd, 11:00 am-4:00pm
Healthy Options Plans will provide information about how they support breastfeeding mothers. 
A mothers booth will share information about breastfeeding benefits, pumping at work , and this year's WBW theme. There will also be a raffle! If you have questions, contact Vianey Rodriguez at 509-543-1980.
Spokane Regional Health District- Downtown WIC
1101 W College Ave #210
Spokane, WA 99201
1:00-3:00 pm  
Mother-Baby Unit at Overlake Hosiptal Celebrates WBW

Mother-Baby Unit
1035 116th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004  
August 1st-7th, afternoon
Milk and cookies will be shared with mothers, and staff will debut the  Mamava pumping station  and have a skills workshop.
Spokane Regional Health District- Valley WIC
12213 E Broadway Ave, 2nd floor
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
1:00-3:00 pm

August 2nd
Toppenish WIC Office
518 W 1st Ave
Toppenish, WA 98948
2:00-3:00 pm
August 3rd
Spokane Regional Health District- East Central WIC
500 S Stone St
Spokane, WA 99202
1:00-3:00 pm

Chetzemoka Park
900 Jackson St
Port Townsend, WA 98368
11:00 am-12:30 pm

Spokane Regional Health District- North WIC
5901 N Lidgerwood St, #224
Spokane, WA 99208
1:00-3:00 pm

North Meadow at Chambers Creek Properties
4950 Grandview Dr W
University Place, WA 98467
12:00-1:00 pm

Wapato WIC Office
620 W 1st St
Wapato, WA 98951
10:00-11:00 am

August 4th
United Methodist Churh-Deer Park WIC
113 E 2nd St
Deer Park, WA 99006
1:00-3:00 pm

Grandview WIC Office
1000 Wallace Way
Grandview, WA 98930
2:00-3:00 pm

Northeast Community Center WIC
4001 N Cook St
Spokane, WA 99207
1:00-3:00 pm
August 5th
Centralia Farmers Market aka Historic Lewis County Farmers Market
N Pearl St & W Maple St
Centralia, WA 98531
10:00 am-12:00 pm

Esther Short Park
605 Esther St
Vancouver, WA 98660
10:00-10:45 am

Evergreen Rotary Park
1400 Park Ave
Bremerton, WA 98312
9:00-11:00 am

Chief Looking Glass Park
305 1st St
Asotin, WA 99402
10:00-11:00 am

Clark's Creek Park South
1700 12th Ave SW
Puyallup, WA  98371
9:30 am-2:00 pm

Franklin Park Lions Pavilion
2101 Tieton Dr
Yakima, WA 98902
9:30-11:30 am

August 6th
Esther Short Park
605 Esther St
Vancouver, WA 98660
10:00-10:45 am
Juanita Beach Park
9703 NE Juanita Dr
Kirkland, WA 98034
9:30-11:00 am 
Evergreen Rotary Park
1400 Park Ave
Bremerton, WA 98312
9:00-11:00 am
Kittitas County Farmers Market
4th Ave
Ellensburg, WA 98926
9:00 am-1:00 pm

Space for moms to breastfeed and WIC will handout WIC farmers market checks
Play a recording of the 1970's  song, "Mammary Glands", throughout the day  

Riverfront Park
507 N Howard St
Spokane, WA  99201
10:00 am-12:00 pm 
Hummingbird Farm Nursery & Garden
2319 Zylstra Rd
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
10:00 am -12:00 pm

August 7th
Capitol Theater
206 5th Ave SE
Olympia, WA  98501
2:00-4:30 pm

If you do not see your event listed and would like to have your breastfeeding event posted in the  BCW Events page, please email Chris Gray at christineg@withinreachwa.org
More Breastfeeding Celebrations
During the Month of August...
Kitsap County Breastfeeding Coalition: Baby-Friendly Lounge at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede

The Kitsap Coalition will host the 3rd annual Baby Lounge at the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede. The Baby Lounge 
is a safe, cool, and comfortable place for families to feed, change their baby or rest for a bit. It is located in the exhibit hall behind  a curtained-off area. The Baby Lounge is  equipped  with couches, rocking recliners, a changing table, electricity, and privacy (in the event that someone needs to pump). Professionals and lay people in the lactation field staff The Baby Lounge and are available the duration of the fair, from August 24-28th.
The Baby Lounge will give out daily door prizes and a large gift, such as a crib or changing table, to a random recipient on the final day of the fair. All families with babies are welcome to use The Baby Lounge! This event is supported by WIC, local hospitals, local tribes, Rent-A-Center and Babies R Us. For additional information, take a look at The Baby Lounge flyer.

Black Breastfeeding Week

Black Breastfeeding Week (BBW), celebrated from August 25th-31st, was created to bring awareness to racial disparities that exist in Black breastfeeding rates. This year's 4th annual BBW theme, "Oh, What a Joy," celebrates the sweet joy of family bonds and perseverance.
 To learn more about why this celebration is necessary, read 'Top Five Reasons We Need A Black Breastfeeding Week.'

For more information, check out the  Black Breastfeeding Week website . Also, be sure to take a look at their Facebook and Twitter during BBW. 

United States Breastfeeding Committee Celebrates National Breastfeeding Month 2016 (#NBM16)
In 2011, the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) declared August as National Breastfeeding Month. Every year in recognition of this month-long celebration, USBC hosts a social media campaign to encourage conversations that bring attention to needed policy and practice changes. 
This year's theme reflects back on the 5th Anniversary of the Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. For more information on #NBM16, check out the USBC website.
USBC-hosted Events: Save the Dates!
  • Saturday, August 6, 9-10 pm ET: Coalitions Conference Twitter Chat, Community Engagement for Equity in the First Food Movement (join the conversation at #NBCC16)
  • Tuesday, August 16, 2-3 pm ET: Twitter chat with Unlatched author Jennifer Grayson (join the conversation at #NBM16)
  • Thursday, August 18, 2-3 pm ET: Virtual Town Hall Meeting 1 (daytime slot)
  • Tuesday, August 23, 8-9 pm ET: Virtual Town Hall Meeting 2 (evening slot)
Updated Baby-Friendly Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria
New Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria to be implemented by November 1, 2018
Baby-Friendly USA recently released the 2016 updated edition of the Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria (GEC). All updated guidelines must be in effect by October 31, 2018 to be compliant with the updated Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative by November 1st, 2018. Implementation of the 2016 edition, quoted from the Baby-Friendly USA website, states: 
  • DESIGNATED FACILITIESAll designated facilities must come into compliance with the new GEC by October 31, 2018
  • FACILITIES SEEKING DESIGNATIONAll facilities with on-site assessments taking place after Oct 31, 2018 will be assessed using the 2016 edition. 
This timelines allows hospitals about 27 months to implement changes. The updated GEC addresses the practice of rooming-in as the best practice for mothers and babies during their hospital stay. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program that was launched in 1991 by the World Health Organization and UNICEF and is based on the best scientific evidence available.  The role of Baby-Friendly USA is to assess birthing facilities in accordance with these standards.The prior edition of the GEC was updated in 2010. Included is the 2016 updated Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria, and the Summary of Changes.
Grant Opportunity Through March of Dimes
March of Dimes State Community Grants Program requests proposals for CenteringPregnancy®
The March of Dimes Washington is requesting proposals for community grants in 2017. CenteringPregnancy┬« Request for Proposals Packet contains eligibility criteria, application timeline, instructions proposal template and grantee requirements. Please forward on to anyone you think would be interested in applying for a 2017 grant with the March of Dimes. 

Proposals are due 4:00 pm on October 14, 2016. Originals can be sent by mail to: 

Kasey Rivas 
c/o March of Dimes
1904 Third Avenue, Suite 230 
Seattle, WA 98101

Virtual copies can be emailed to  krivas@marchofdimes.org

If you have any questions contact Maternal & Child Health Director, Kasey Rivas, at (206) 452-6631 or krivas@marchofdimes.org.

WithinReach's blog,  Making Connections, is a great way to stay up to date with health and well-being issues in Washington State, as well as the work of WithinReach and its affiliated coalitions. Recent posts include:
Subscribe to Making Connections to stay in the loop!  We would also love to include guest blog posts from our coalition members; please let Alex know if you are interested in writing a post about the work of your coalition or breastfeeding support successes and concerns from your community.

Alex Sosa & Chris Gray


Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington

A Program of WithinReach


Promoting, protecting & supporting breastfeeding as a vital part
of the health and development of children and families.