May 1st, 2012

Breast-feeding advocates want Ohio hospitals to stop giving out formula

By MARANDA SHREWSBERRY
WKSU

Breastfeeding advocacy groups have launched a campaign to pressure Ohio hospitals to stop handing out baby formula to new mothers.

Many hospitals continue to include formula samples in the goodie bags they send home with new moms.  And Dee Keith of the Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance says the formula samples send the wrong message to women who are just learning how to breastfeed.

“It sends the message that what really happened at the hospital to get you off to a good start was not really the best start for your baby,” says Keith. “So we don’t think you’re going to succeed, so we’ve given you this container of formula just in case.”

Read more: http://www.wksu.org/news/story/31572

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