News from OBA

Announcing our first 2018 General Meeting: Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance will hold its first General Meeting for members in 2018 on Friday, April 20th, 2018, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the American Cancer Society offices, 5555 Frantz Rd, Dublin OH. The meeting room is on the second floor. We will be joined by Camille Verbofsky, Grants Coordinator for Early Ages Healthy Stages ( of Cuyahoga County. Camille will be speaking to us on many aspects of integrating breastfeeding support into childcare settings in Ohio. OBA is spearheading the childcare project under the OECHN Breastfeeding Subcommittee ( which is in the early stages of research and development of resources and toolkits for childcare providers throughout Ohio. We will also be sharing the work accomplished during the past year, and conducting balloting for regional and state-wide Leadership Board positions. Nominations for the ballot will be announced after our April 11th, 2018 Leadership Board meeting, and sent to all members.

OBA is seeking new Leadership Board members OBA will be holding elections for Regional Representatives in Regions 2, 5, and 7 in April 2018. For more information about OBA regions, please see our map. Regional Representatives are elected to the OBA Leadership Board by OBA members in their respective regions. If you are interested in serving your region by representing them on the OBA Leadership Board, you can submit your name to the Nominating Committee by contacting Mary Burton, OBA Vice Chair, or contact us for more information at

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OBA has produced a resource kit and two short videos supporting education about breastfeeding in public in Ohio. We encourage you to watch the videos and share the toolkit with others who may be interested in them.

News about breastfeeding events and conferences in Ohio:

The Ohio Early Childhood Health Network, through their partners, Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Hospital Association, is continuing support of a program 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 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) The Ohio Early Childhood Health Network is supporting the work to meet the Plan objectives on breastfeeding.


The Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance (OBA) invites you to work collaboratively with us to create breastfeeding-friendly communities throughout Ohio.

No matter who you are or who you represent, if you are interested in promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding and the breastfeeding mothers and babies of Ohio, we welcome you to our coalition!

Our hope is to provide a website that offers the resources and tools you need to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in your community. Enjoy your visit and please return often for news, events, and information.

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