September 2016 - In This Issue:
Source: United States Breastfeeding Committee

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Contact the Breastfeeding Promotion Manager:

Alex Sosa at or  206-838-8655


For more information about the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington:




Next BCW General Meeting: October 28th 

OCTOBER 10-11, 2016
Bellevue, WA

OCTOBER 14, 2016
Seattle, WA

OCTOBER 15-30, 2016

OCTOBER 17-21, 2016
Berkeley, CA

OCTOBER 20, 2016
Woodinville, WA

OCTOBER 27-28, 2016
Berkeley, CA

NOVEMBER 4, 2016
NOVEMBER 7-11, 2016
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
Seattle, WA

DECEMBER 1-4, 2016
Seattle, WA

We hope all of you are enjoying the beginning days of fall.  September is an exciting time of year with so much to look forward to. The p ast couple of weeks have been pretty exciting in the sphere of community engagement for the BCW!  

In August Alex Sosa, Breastfeeding Program Manager, and 3 BCW delegates, Delores Baccus (Public Health Seattle King County), Kristine Brewer (Spokane Breastfeeding Coalition/Spokane Regional Health District), and Stacy Hackenmueller (Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic-Yakima) attended the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) Conference in Washington, DC. The conference provided an opportunity to meet coalition leaders from other states, and attend a variety of workshops focusing on "best practices" for effectively building and managing state and local/community level coalitions. Alex co-presented with Megan Renner, USBC Executive Director and Kathy Parry, Project Director for the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute and Chair North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition, on a workshop focusing on coalition building and strategic planning. The workshop was titled, "Strategic Thinking & Planning Coalition Style".

On August 17th the BCW Breastfeeding Equity team hosted a webinar titled, "Breastfeeding and Partnerships: Improving African American Breastfeeding Rates". This webinar highlighted two successful community based models, the Tacoma Health Department Black Infant Health Program and NACCHO's Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Lactation Support Project (Pierce County), whose strategies improved breastfeeding outcomes for Pierce County African American mothers.

Earlier in September the BCW partnered with the Pierce County Breastfeeding Alliance to host their first breastfeeding conference. The  Pierce County Breastfeeding Alliance's First Annual Olympic Conference   was hosted on September 13th at Chamber's Bay. The conference had a terrific line-up of speakers who devoted time and energy to make the Olympic Conference such a huge success.  Keep your eyes open for information on 2017's 2nd Annual Olympic Breastfeeding Conference.

Yesterday the BCW hosted the Yakima Valley Breastfeeding Coalition Community Meeting. This community engagement aims to re-activate/establish the Yakima Valley Breastfeeding Coalition. T he meeting was a terrific success with over 35 community members that participated and joined the Yakima Valley Breastfeeding Coalition. Many great ideas came up during this meeting, and the energy and excitement of the group was palpable. Thank you to the Yakima community for your enthusiasm and willingness to share your time and expertise in support of babies, mothers and breastfeeding.  If you would like to join the Yakima Valley Breastfeeding Coalition or would like additional information, call Alex at 206-838-8655.

And finally, this year marks the fifth year anniversary of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (SGCTA). Over the last five years, we have seen Washington State's initiation rates continue to be among the highest in the country.  Despite this, we know the current breastfeeding landscape in Washington is far more complex and varies from each geographical region and racial group. We see this  when comparing our high initiation rates to dramatically lower 6 month exclusive breastfeeding data in the  CDC Breastfeeding Report Card that was released last month. To highlight the far reaching and positive impact exclusive breastfeeding has on the health and well-being across the life span of children and the positive impact on the family and greater community, the WithinReach Breastfeeding Promotion Program will be hosting a stakeholder's breakfast for the King County community. 
This FREE stakeholder breakfast titled,  "Building a Breastfeeding Friendly King County Community: Our Collective Responsibility," will be hosted at the Tukwila Community Center on November 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.  Our goal is to engage the King County community from all sectors as agents of change and increase support to establish breastfeeding as the norm for African American communities. This event is funded by t he Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority (PHPDA) in King County.
As always, if you have any questions or need information to support your breastfeeding efforts don't hesitate to contact us.  

Many thanks,

Alex Sosa & Chris Gray

Upcoming Breastfeeding Conferences & Events From Our Partners
Support your local coalition and learn more about breastfeeding equity and hospital-based practices...
October 20:  New Horizons in Lactation in Woodinville, WA
Breastfeeding Coalition of Snohomish County is hosting the annual New Horizons in Lactation Conference at Brightwater Conference Center. The event is sponsored by Pregnancy Aid-WIC of Snohomish County and Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. The conference will focus on topics such as care for late preterm infants and pump dependent moms in the NICU. There will also be a mothers panel to discuss the impact of hospital practices on their breastfeeding goals. Raylene M. Phillips, MD, MA, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP will be the speaker for the day. Registration is free. To see a full schedule and Dr. Phillips bio, visit the New Horizons in Lactation 2016 webpage. 

November 4:  Building a Breastfeeding Friendly King County: Our Collective Responsibility in Tukwila, WA
WithinReach, in partnership with the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington, Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority, Washington State Department of Health, and Public Health Seattle & King County, is hosting a collaborative community breakfast to support health equity for African American families through breastfeeding. Dr. Ben Danielson from Odessa Brown will present, followed by an activity facilitated by Cultures Connecting, LLC. To register and for more information, take a look at the WithinReach Event page. If you have any questions, please contact Alex at  206-838-8655 or

February 17 : SAVE THE DATE for South Sound Breastfeeding Network's Breastfeeding Conference
South Sound Breastfeeding Network is planning a conference early in 2017 that will be hosted at t he Norman Worthington Conference Center at Saint Martin's University in Lacey, WA.  Dr Bobby Ghaheri and  Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC, FILCA  will be speaking  on how tongue and lip ties can lead to milk supply challenges. Stay tuned for more information! Keep an eye on the SSBN's Facebook page for event updates.

CDC Releases 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card
This year's breastfeeding data is now available!See how Washington State compares to the rest of the county.
The  2016 Breastfeeding Report Card is now available on the CDC website! The 2016 Report Card focuses on two sets of indicators, breastfeeding rates and breastfeeding support, and includes breastfeeding data from Puerto Rico for the first time. The Breastfeeding Support Indicator measures key elements of breastfeeding support in the community setting. Indicators assessed support from hospitals, birth centers, peer and certified lactation providers, and child care settings. To read how Washington State Breastfeeding Support fared, visit page 4 of the report.  

Here are the 2016 Washington State breastfeeding rates:

Ever Breast-
feeding at 6 months
 at 12 months
Ex clus ive at 3 month s
Ex clus ive at 6
mont hs
87.4 63.7 39.4 51.7
For more information or past Breastfeeding Report Cards, visit the CDC website. 

Participate in UC Berkeley MILC Study
If you are a breastfeeding mother over 18, please consider participating in the survey.
Professor Asa Bradman, PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, with help from the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, is conducting a study to learn more about breast milk collection and handling. The Mothers' Information on Lactation and Collection (MILC) study consists of a 30 minute survey that breastfeeding women over age 18 can complete either online, by phone, or in person. The goal of this study is to improve current best-practice guidelines advising women about the best ways to collect and safely store their milk. Human Milk Banking Association of North America is distributing information about the study and will share the resulting guidelines.
If you are interested in more information regarding the study, check out the MILC Study website and Facebook page. Feel free to share the study with community partners or with breastfeeding mothers you work with. If you have any questions about the study, contact Professor Bradman at 510-643-3023 or .

If you are interested in sharing this study in your office or clinic, printout the  MILC Study flyer.
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.