April 12th, 2012

Should hospitals pass out free baby formula to new moms?

By Amy Graff
SFGate

When you give birth in a hospital, you receive a corporate-sponsored goody bag filled with free diapers, wipes, a couple onesies, a bulb syringe for sucking snot from your babyís nose, and formula samples. All of these items might be helpful to a new mom but theyíre essentially advertisements for baby product companies. And those packets of free formula are controversial because study after study proves that breast milk is the best source of nutrition for a new baby. If breast is best, should hospitals be handing out free baby formula? Hereís a look at a the heated debate thatís brewing around this issue, and Iíll chime in with my opinion at the end.

Read more: http://blog.sfgate.com/sfmoms/2012/04/11/should-hospitals-pass-out-free-baby-formula-to-new-moms/

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