News about breastfeeding events and conferences in Ohio:

OLCA's 24th Annual Breastfest takes place Friday, March 11, 2016, with featured presenters Gill Rapley, author of Baby-Led Weaning, and Robin Roche-Paull, author of Breastfeeding in Combat Boots. Click here for more information.

Cincinnati Children's Medical Center presents: "What Can We Do to Eliminate Racial Disparities in Breastfeeding and Infant Mortality?" April 19-20, 2016, at the downtown Cincinnati campus. Click here to see the program flyer, or here for registration information.

The Ohio Chronic Disease Collaborative has initiated a program through their partners, Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Hospital Association, to encourage hospitals to support breastfeeding. Ohio First Steps rewards hospitals for progress on guidelines created to support breastfeeding by the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. You can get more information and contact the program directors through this website. OBA is looking forward to supporting hospitals interested in pursuing this initiative.

As part of Ohio First Steps, the Ohio Department of Health is sponsoring a series of workshops on Kangaroo Care and initiating the practice of 'skin to skin' in the first hour after birth. Two days remain for the workshops, January 25 and 26, 2015, so respond now! Find information here.

Is your healthcare facility interested in promoting and protecting breastfeeding? Here's an important first step: Support the WHO Code for Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes by removing advertising and marketing about infant formula from your healthcare setting. Visit BanTheBags.org for detailed information about why and how removing free formula samples and advertising supports breastfeeding. You can also visit our Resources page for Healthcare Providers to find more links to great information on supporting breastfeeding in your clinical setting.

The Ohio Department of Health released Ohio's Plan to Prevent and Reduce Chronic Disease. This includes an objective that targets breastfeeding as an important preventative factor in reducing chronic disease. OBA is a partner for implementation of Objective 1.14: "By 2018, increase the percent of babies who are breastfed while in the hospital." (pg. 23)

News from OBA

An email announcement from Ohio First Steps's Review Committee (1/15/2016): "The Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies initiative is excited to announce a partnership with the Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance and the Ohio Lactation Consultant Association to recognize hospitals who "Banned the Bag" in 2015. We are now accepting applications for the 'Maternity Care Best Practice Award 2015' bag free recognition. This recognizes hospitals for removal of free infant formula samples and formula company branded diaper bags and goods. This recognition supports hospitals in progress towards practices that align with "Baby Friendly USA" certification requirements, as well as the overall goal of reducing infant mortality in Ohio.

If your hospital was bag free in 2015 and would like to apply for recognition, please fill out the brief application which can be found on the First Steps webpage at: http://ohiohospitals.org/ohiofirststeps. Applications are due by February 15th, and recognized hospitals will be awarded in early March. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. *Note that this application is separate from the First Steps five-star program application related to the Baby Friendly 10 Steps."

Ohio First Steps Contact Information:
Ryan Everett, Ohio Hospital Association: Ryan.Everett@ohiohospitals.org
Ashley Davis, Ohio Department of Health: Ashley.Davis@odh.ohio.gov
Bre Haviland, Ohio Department of Health: Breanne.Haviland@odh.ohio.gov

OBA has produced two short videos supporting education about breastfeeding in public in Ohio. We encourage you to watch and share with others who may be interested in them.

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OBA is seeking new Leadership Board members representing the regions in Ohio. For more information about OBA regions, please see our map. Regional Representatives are appointed to the OBA Leadership Board by their local coalitions seeking representation and participation in the state coalition. Please contact your local coalition and let them know you are interested in representing them, or contact us for more information at info@ohiobreastfeedingalliance.org.

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The Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance (OBA) invites you to work collaboratively with us to create breastfeeding-friendly communities throughout Ohio.

No matter who you are or who you represent, if you are interested in promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding and the breastfeeding mothers and babies of Ohio, we welcome you to our coalition!

Our hope is to provide a website that offers the resources and tools you need to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in your community. Enjoy your visit and please return often for news, events, and information.

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