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For Immediate Release: October 20th, 2015

Maryland Hospitals Follow WHO Code and Go Bag-Free

All Maternity Hospitals Eliminate Formula Discharge Bag Distribution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a positive step for new mothers, all Maryland maternity hospitals now are free of infant formula marketing, including company-sponsored discharge bags. Maryland joins Washington, D.C., Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Delaware in making this transition.

Formula companies such as Abbott, Nestle and Mead-Johnson have distributed samples to hospitals for years. Rather than receiving what can be seen as an indirect endorsement of formula from hospital staff, mothers in all Maryland hospitals now will be provided with encouragement and support free from marketing.

All birthing hospitals in Maryland have eliminated formula discharge bag distribution and are now in compliance with the World Health Organization (WHO) International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. The Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition, Public Citizen’s Commercial Alert, Ban the Bags, hospital representatives and numerous activist mothers are to thank.

Read the press release here: http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/pressroomredirect.cfm?ID=5664