April 9th, 2012

Group: Hospitals wrong to give baby formula to new moms

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Consumer group Public Citizen on Monday rapped hospitals in South Florida and nationally for giving free samples of baby formula to new moms, saying it undercuts the goal of more breastfeeding.

About 85 percent of Florida hospitals stuff cans of formula or coupons into gift bags that families take home with their new babies, state figures show. Health experts said the temptation to use the freebies can erode the resolve of mothers who want to breastfeed.

South Florida hospitals already are taking steps. Amid the criticism, four of eight baby-delivering hospitals in Broward County and 10 of 13 in Miami-Dade County joined a campaign to become more breastfeeding-friendly, such as by cutting out freebie formula.

Read more: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-hk-baby-formula-hospitals-20120409,0,3449361.story

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