April 16th, 2012

Corporate Profits or Healthy Babies?

By Robert Weissman
Huffington Post

Fact Number One: Exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months is best for infants and new mothers.

Fact Number Two: Hospital giveaways of infant formula samples to new mothers reduce the amount and length of breastfeeding.

Given these two facts, why would hospitals serve as marketing agents for infant formula companies by giving away free samples of infant formula? Why do the formula companies—Nestle, Abbott and Mead Johnson—think they can get away with practices that undermine public health?

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-weissman/baby-formula_b_1424695.html

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