News from OBA

Are you interested in learning more about the causes of infant mortality in Ohio? About what can be done to improve infant survival rates in Ohio? Would you like for your voice to be heard about the importance of breastfeeding and breastfeeding support in improving infant survival rates? Plan to attend the 2014 Infant Mortality Summit in Columbus, December 3rd and 4th. OBA will be there, more details to come.

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)

OBA is seeking new Leadership Board members. We are currently seeking representatives for Region 5 (Northeastern Ohio/Lake Erie Shoreline) and for Region 7 (Southeast 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.

Welcome!

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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