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Co-Location of Downtown Child Care Center Supports Breastfeeding

The co-location of offices and child care facilities help nursing mothers return to work. Construction of a new Public Health building in downtown Seattle included plans for a child care center space. Public Health – Seattle & King County contacted the Northwest Center, a longstanding provider of early childhood services. The Northwest Center chose to take advantage of this space for their second childcare center. According to Rebecca Ross, the center’s director, “Northwest Center had been looking to expand from one child care center to two. This location at the Chinook Building was perfect for that expansion.”

Nicole Flateboe is the Breastfeeding Coordinator for Public Health -- Seattle & King County. When she gave birth to her son in 2010, she planned to enroll him in the Northwest Center’s Kids at Chinook center. “I could breastfeed during my breaks and lunch hour,” she recalled. “It was really an ideal situation for both my baby and my employer.” Rebecca Ross affirms their intention to support breastfeeding mothers. “It is just one of the benefits of the location. Moms can come downstairs from their offices or walk on over to breastfeed. We have an open door policy.”

Flateboe sees the benefits of this shared building use for others. “As a public health professional, I wish that this was available for every mom. This is a model that other employers should consider. It is also ideal for employee retention because it builds loyalty due to the support that I get.”

Plan Objectives Addressed

Target Audience

Planners, Child Care Centers



For More Information:
  • Rebecca Ross, Director, Northwest Center Kids at Chinook, 206-286-2390
  • Nicole Flateboe, Breastfeeding Coordinator, Public Health - Seattle & King County, 206-263-8407