State Agencies | Online Services

Breastfeeding and Ohio WIC


August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month (BAM) in Ohio. The theme this year is “Breastfeeding Protects: mom, baby and Earth.” This theme is aimed to educate participants and community stakeholders on the importance of breastfeeding as a sustainable lifestyle that protects against illness and disease, and respects and cares for the world we share. Ohio law (Section 3781.55 of the Ohio Revised Code) allows breastfeeding mom’s to nurse in public. One of the most important things communities can do to protect our planet is to promote and support a sustainable lifestyle that includes breastfeeding.

Governor John R. Kasich’s Resolution designating August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month throughout Ohio is attached for your reference.


The Ohio Department of Health, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommends feeding only breast milk for the first six months of life and continuing to breastfeed along with other foods for the first year and beyond. 

The Ohio WIC Program commits to:

  • helping make breastfeeding the cultural standard for Ohio infants;
  • offering education and support to help women make informed feeding decisions; and
  • supporting the mother in her choice. 

How the WIC Program Supports Breastfeeding

WIC Breastfeeding Support Infographic

Breastfeeding Protects Poster 1

Breastfeeding Protects Poster 2


Page updated: 9/7/2016