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Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies

The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Hospital Association launched Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies to encourage hospitals to promote, protect and support breastfeeding.


How Does it Work?

  • Hospitals are awarded based on a five-tier system—receiving an award for every two steps achieved.

  • Program steps are based on a 10-step list adopted from the World Health Organization and Baby-Friendly USA’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

  • Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

  • Hospitals are free to choose the order of steps to adopt.

Contact  Information:

Ryan Everett
Ohio Hospital Association

Tina L. Turner

Ohio  Department of Health

(614) 644-6560

Last Updated:  5/16/2018