August 29th, 2012

Oklahoma Hospitals 'Ban The Bag' To Encourage Breastfeeding

By Deanne Stein
News 9

Twenty-four Oklahoma hospitals will stop sending baby formula home with new moms.

It’s part of a pilot program called “Ban the Bag.” The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) said as part of the program, participating hospitals have agreed to stop sending new mothers home with commercial formula discharge bags.

“Oklahoma hospitals are working hard to encourage breastfeeding and provide quality care to breastfeeding families by joining the Ban the Bag project,” said Becky Mannel, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and the project leader. “Breastfeeding support is an important strategy toward improving the health of Oklahoma mothers and their children.”

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