About Us

Mission: Encourage collaboration among breastfeeding advocates and agencies serving
childbearing women and their families within the community to provide a unified message in protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding within Waukesha County.

Vision: Leading the way to promote, support, and protect breastfeeding as the culture in
Waukesha County.

A snapshot of Coalition members

Meet Our Leadership

Chair- Heather Heard, BSN, RN, CLC, Waukesha County Public Health Division

Vice Chair- Sarah Mess CNM, IBCLC, Froedtert Health Moorland Reserve Clinic

Secretary- Laura Armstrong, CHES, ProHealth Care

Past Chair- Mary Jo Hamman, MPH, RDN, CD, Waukesha County Public Health Division

Jess Hughes, MPH Candidate at Thomas Jefferson University


Advisory: The Advisory Committee provides experience and strategic planning assistance to the Executive Board and continues to drive the mission and vision of the Coalition.

Advocacy & Membership: Responsibilities of this committee include outreach to the community, develop legislative relationships, and membership development- just to name a few!

Breastfeeding Friendly Businesses: Responsibilities of this committee include, but are not limited to, educating local businesses on breastfeeding initiatives and adapting a breastfeeding Friendly Business Toolkit.

Education: Among other responsibilities, this committee encourages medical providers to offer in-house lactation services and supports current lactation specialists in the County.

Events: One of the main responsibilities of this committee is to plan the Big Latch On Event as well as participate in other committee tabling events.

Marketing & Outreach: This committee runs the Facebook page and website, and also promotes the mission and vision of the Coalition within the community.

Committee Chairs

Advisory- Heather Heard, BSN, RN, CLC Waukesha County Public Health Division

Advocacy & Membership- Laura Armstrong, CHES, ProHealth Care

Breastfeeding Friendly Businesses- Brianne Ortega, BSN, RN, CLC, Waukesha County Pubilc Health Division​​

Education- Carly Chicantek, BSN, RN, Waukesha County Public Health Division

Events- Kate McCann, DC, CACCP, McCann Chiropractic

Marketing & Outreach- Rachel Kelley, BSN, RN, Waukesha County Public Health Division

Website designed by Jess Hughes, founding member of the Waukesha County Breastfeeding Coalition 

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