Public Health

Skamania County Public Health’s mission is to improve the health of individuals, families and communities through the promotion of health, prevention of disease and protection from injury.


Obesity and Breastfeeding

Nutrition has become an important topic these days with the rising rates of obesity doubling over the past couple of years.  One of the most effective prevention a mother can do to protect the health of her infant and herself is to breastfeed. Breast milk has all the nutrition a baby needs without any additives.  While 75% of women start out breastfeeding; by six months only 13% of babies are exclusively breastfed.  Breast milk protects babies from infections and illnesses as antibodies from the mother are passed on to the infant.  Infants that are breastfed for six months are less likely to become obese.  Breastfeeding is a natural process but it does not mean it is easy.  If you have any questions or concerns the nurses at Skamania County Health Department can assist and support you.   Skamania County Health Department is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.  Give us a call at 509-427-3850.


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Rock Creek Hegewald Center

710 SW Rock Creek Dr
P.O. Box 1492
Stevenson, WA  98648


7:30am - 5:30pm Monday  to Thursday
(509) 427-3850
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