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Ohio First Steps Program Receives National Award




The Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies breastfeeding recognition program was recently awarded the “2018 Best Abstract Award in Education, Quality Improvement, or Advocacy” by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding. The abstract titled “Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies – impact of a state-based program to promote best breastfeeding practices for birthing hospitals,” was submitted by lead author Lydia Furman, MD of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. 
OHA and the Ohio Department of Health sponsor the Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies breastfeeding recognition program. The program recognizes maternity centers in Ohio that are taking steps to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in their organizations.

The program offers several opportunities for learning and networking in support of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. The Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies program also recognizes hospitals for implementing the Ten Steps, using a modified application form. Hospitals can earn up to five stars, earning one star to every two steps achieved. Hospitals can choose which steps to implement and in which order.
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