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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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.