OHA, Ohio First Steps Program Featured in Ohio Journal of Public Health

Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies, the statewide designation program that promotes breastfeeding-supportive maternity practices sponsored by OHA in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Health, was featured in the latest issue of the Ohio Journal of Public Health.

OHA in partnership with UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, ODH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researched the statewide improvements in breastfeeding rates, in relation to the creation of the First Steps program.

The group examined Ohio birthing hospitals’ participation in the First Steps program, and changes in breastfeeding rates at hospital discharge, for all 110 licensed Ohio birthing hospitals, over the first 12 quarters of the program.

The study found that breastfeeding increased significantly over the program period from 73.8% to 76.7%, but without a significant difference in breastfeeding rates between First Steps and non-First Steps hospitals. However, hospitals that completed at least 2 steps every 5 quarters in the First Steps program increased breastfeeding when compared to those not participating in the program. Click here to read the article.