April 10th, 2012

Advocacy group calls on hospitals to support breastfeeding

By Meredith Cohn
Baltimore Sun

A public health advocacy group is calling on Maryland’s hospitals to stop handing out free infant formula to new mothers because it can encourage them to give up on breastfeeding.

Public Citizen says the distribution done by at least two-thirds of U.S. hospitals is unethical and violates good public health policy. It also undermines the efforts that many hospitals have undertaken to encourage breast feeding.

Officials there have written letters, co-signed by more than 100 other organizations, to administrators of 33 Maryland hospitals. They’re doing the same thing in other states.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/blog/bal-poh-formula-and-breastfeeding,0,5758431.story

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