July 25th, 2012

Carroll Hospital Mulls Eliminating Infant Formula Gift Bags

By Lisa Rossi
Eldersburg Patch

The Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster is in the “preliminary stages” of examining whether to stop giving gift bags containing infant formula samples to new mothers upon discharge from the hospital.

In an interview this month, Linda Grogan, executive director of Women’s and Children’s Services at the hospital, said the hospital will probably develop a gift bag of its own with “something in the bag other than formula—maybe nursing pads and books about breastfeeding.”

The hospital in Westminster is mulling a change to its practice following other hospitals in the state that are in the process of eliminating the formula gift bags as a way to encourage breastfeeding.

Howard County General Hospital officials in Columbia announced earlier this month that they would end the decades-long practice of giving gift bags of free baby formula samples to new mothers.

Read more: http://eldersburg.patch.com/articles/carroll-hospital-mulls-eliminating-infant-formula-gift-bags

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