Many leading health organizations agree that exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continued breast milk feeding for at least the first 12 months is associated with improved health for baby and mom as well as 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 program, 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.
Learn more about our work and statewide improvements in our recent Whitepaper publication.
Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies proudly recognizes 87 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 2019 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.