April 30th, 2012

Hospitals halt free baby formula

By Erin Grace
Omaha World Herald

Nearly all metropolitan-area hospitals have stopped handing out free infant formula to new moms at discharge time.

And the last one to still do it in Omaha, Creighton University Medical Center, is being acquired by Alegent Health. Whether Creighton would fall in line with other Alegent hospitals that ended the practice in January is uncertain.

The Nebraska Medical Center ended the practice three years ago. Methodist Health System, whose women’s hospital in Omaha delivers more babies each year than any other facility in the city, ended formula handouts 14 years ago. All cited the same reason: A preference to encourage breast-feeding.

Read more: http://www.omaha.com/article/20120427/NEWS01/304289996

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