November 29th, 2011

RI eliminates free infant formula giveaways at hospitals in move to boost breastfeeding

By Associated Press
Washington Post

New mothers in Rhode Island will no longer leave the hospital with a free goody bag of infant formula.

To encourage breastfeeding, the state’s seven birthing hospitals stopped formula giveaways this fall, apparently making it the first state to end the widespread practice.

State health officials hailed the decision Monday, noting that breastfeeding has been proved healthier than formula for both infants and mothers.

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