News from OBA

Here's a short summary of 2018 work by OBA, submitted by our Leadership Board Chair, Jennifer Foster.

Elections were recently held to elect new regional representatives for OBA Regions 1 (SW Ohio) and 3 (NW Ohio). Laura Knisley was elected to represent Region 1 and Lori Nester was re-elected to represent Region 3. Congratulations to Lori and Laura.

If you are interested in representing your region or state-wide breastfeeding organization on our Leadership Board, or in serving on an OBA working committee, please contact us at info@ohiobreastfeedingalliance.org.

Check our Facebook page for breastfeeding news and OBA updates!

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 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.

Welcome!

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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