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American Academy of Pediatrics https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Breastfeeding/Pages/Benefits-of-Breastfeeding.aspx

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/index.htm

Office on Women’s Health https://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding

Ohio Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program  https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/women-infants-children/resources/women-infants-children-description

Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance


Ohio Lactation Consultant Association


In partnership with Professional Data Analysts (PDA), focus groups were conducted in 2020 with African American and Appalachian women to highlight their experiences with breastfeeding, improve strategies for breastfeeding support, and increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates.

Breastfeeding experiences of Black or African American women in Ohio

Breastfeeding experiences of Appalachian women in Ohio

Discussion guides were created to identify strategic action items and develop strategic planning questions based on the focus group findings. These guides were developed to be used in WIC, worksites, healthcare organizations, and community organization settings.

Discussion questions: WIC