News from OBA
Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance will be holding a General Meeting for Members and Interested Public on Friday, April 28th, 2017, at the OhioHealth Mothers' Milk Bank, (in the OhioHealth Eastside Health Center) 4850 E Main St, Suite 140, Columbus, Ohio, from 1 pm to 4 pm. Please plan to attend, and contact us at email@example.com with any questions.
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.
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OBA is seeking new Leadership Board members representing the regions in Ohio. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
News about breastfeeding events and conferences in Ohio:
The Ohio Lactation Consultants Association presents Breastfest 2017, March 17-18, 2017, Columbus, Ohio. Speakers include Ruth Lawrence, MD, FAAP, FABM; Kajsa Brimdyr, PhD, and Kimarie Bugg, MSN, MPH, CLC, IBCLC. OBA will also be present.
The Ohio Chronic Disease Collaborative has initiated a program through their partners, Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Hospital Association, 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 BanTheBags.org 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)