June 25th, 2012

New push to stop free infant formula at hospitals

By John Dorschner
Miami Herald

For decades, hospitals sent newborns home with gift bags stuffed with free samples of infant formula — a move that anti-obesity advocates consider a not-so-subtle hint that moms didn’t need to go to the trouble of breastfeeding.

Such gift bags are being opposed by a growing international movement, strongly endorsed by American anti-obesity forces, to stop the free samples, one of a series of steps to encourage more moms to breastfeed as soon as the baby is born.

Tatiana Quintero is grateful. She gave birth to twins last month at West Kendall Baptist, which has joined the national effort to stop free formula.

“I always wanted to do it,” Quintero said of breastfeeding, “but you kind of wonder if you can,” especially with twins. She said doctors and staff were encouraging as she went through the pre-natal process and then talked to a lactation consultant in the hospital after the births. “There was definitely a lot of cheering. It’s comforting.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/23/2861471/new-push-to-stop-free-infant-formula.html#storylink=cpy

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