Many leading health organizations agree that exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continued exposure to breast milk for at least the first 12 months is associated with improved infant health and a reduction in infant mortality.
The Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Health are proud to offer the Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies breastfeeding recognition program. The purpose of this program is to recognize maternity centers in Ohio that have taken steps to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in their organizations.
The program offers a number of opportunities for learning and networking in support of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies proudly recognizes 84 Ohio hospitals that have earned recognition for achieving a level in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
First Steps for Healthy Babies, in partnership with the Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance and the Ohio Lactation Consultant Association, presented Maternity Care Best Practice Award 2018 Bag Free Recognition to hospitals for removal of free infant formula samples and formula company branded diaper bags and goods.
OHA and ODH, along with their partners, have developed a variety of tools and resources for hospitals and health centers to utilize to promote the value and importance of breastfeeding to patients and the community.