July 10th, 2012

Infant Formula Gift Bags Will End At Howard County General Hospital

By Lisa Rossi
Ellicott City Patch

Howard County General Hospital officials said the hospital will end the decades-long practice of giving gift bags of free baby formula samples to new moms.

“We want to give patients everything possible to help support breastfeeding,” Doris Cybert Wilcher, a Howard County General Hospital lactation consultant, told Patch.

Hospital spokeswoman Sharon Sopp said the hospital, where about 3,200 babies are born a year, is currently giving away the samples, but that it “will end in the near future,” a decision that was made “as an institution.”

Howard County General Hospital will join hospitals across the country that have begun to halt the formula gift bags, but is still among the minority to take this step.

Read more: http://ellicottcity.patch.com/articles/infant-formula-gift-bags-will-end-at-howard-county-general-hospital-7de5cbba

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