October 29th, 2013
Report: Nationís Top Hospitals Not Pushing Baby Formula On New Moms
By Chris Morran
From diapers to formula to clothing and other infant-care items, newborns are a huge source of revenue to numerous industries. Thatís why some of these businesses put together new-mom goodie bags to be handed out at maternity wards, hoping to create loyal customers from the start. Some people are concerned that the practice of including free formula in these bags makes it too easy for a new mom to avoid nursing her child.
And according to a new survey, many of the nationís best hospitals are saying no to the goodie bags. Public Citizen, which in 2012 sent letters to 2,600 hospitals in the U.S. asking them to not take part in these free formula promotions, recently surveyed the 45 hospitals identified by U.S. News & World Report as having the best gynecology departments and found that 67% (30) of them do not currently distribute free formula to new moms.