Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



Committee Chair

Amy Claridge

Second Committee Member

Tishra Beeson


Breastfeeding is considered as the gold standard of infant health (CDC, n.d.). The benefits provided to both the baby and mother by breastfeeding are unmatched when compared to formula feeding. Recent studies have shown a disparity in rates of breastfeeding, primarily in rural areas. This may be due, in part, to the fact that mothers in rural areas may not have equal access to resources and support they need to successfully breastfeed due to geographic isolation. This guide will provide an overview of breastfeeding resources in rural communities with a focus on Kittitas Valley, Washington. Resources include but are not limited to government programs such as the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, hospital or birthing center resources, and community involvement opportunities such as support groups.