News from OBA

Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance is hosting a workshop for local and regional coalitions, in conjunction with our first 2016 Member Meeting on June 10, 2016, in Worthington, Ohio. This workshop will feature Tina Cardarelli, Breastfeeding Coordinator for Indiana, and Director of Breastfeeding Services for the Indiana Perinatal Network, who will help coalitions explore resources and ideas for providing local advocacy, support and education about breastfeeding to any sector of their community. OBA will also discuss ways we can support local and regional coalitions in furthering their missions in Ohio.

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

News about breastfeeding events and conferences in Ohio:

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.

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 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)


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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