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Breastfeeding and Ohio WIC

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August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month (BAM) in Ohio. For Breastfeeding Awareness Month 2018, Ohio will adopt the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) theme: “Breastfeeding, Foundation of Life”. This theme focuses on breastfeeding as a key to preventing hunger and malnutrition by ensuring food security for babies. By decreasing the burden on household income, breastfeeding provides a low-cost way to feed babies, which contributes to poverty reduction.

Governor John R. Kasich's Resolution designates August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month throughout Ohio.

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

 

Last Revised: 5/15/2018