May 31st, 2014
Infant Formula Manufacturers Urged To Stay Out Of Delivery Wards
By Carey L. Biron
Mint Press News
WASHINGTON — Nearly two dozen organizations and almost 18,000 mothers are calling on three of the United States’ largest manufacturers of infant formula to halt the longstanding practice of promoting their products in hospitals, particularly by giving out “discharge bags” full of free samples to new moms.
Critics say women who receive such samples are markedly less likely to exclusively breastfeed for six months, as widely recommended by medical practitioners. In addition, the practice directly contravenes a three-decade-old code of ethics developed by the World Health Organization and repeatedly encouraged by the U.S. government.