Sign the Petition: Tell Infant Formula Makers to Stop Using Hospitals as Marketing Tools

Healthcare facilities shouldn’t market commercial products. Yet infant formula companies have coopted many hospitals and healthcare providers to market their products.

In the United States, the vast majority of birthing hospitals give away industry-provided samples of infant formula to new mothers after they give birth.

All major healthcare provider organizations recommend breastfeeding for at least the first six months of life. However, mothers who receive formula samples in the hospital are less likely to breastfeed exclusively and more likely to breastfeed for shorter durations. That’s why this kind of marketing is in violation of the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.

Infant formula companies are directly harming babies’ health and undermining the healthcare mission of hospitals by engaging in this destructive marketing practice.

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We, the undersigned, call on Abbott (maker of Similac), Mead Johnson (maker of Enfamil) and Nestle (maker of Gerber), to stop distributing samples of infant formula in healthcare facilities, including hospitals and other medical clinics. The immediate end of this practice would be a crucial initial step to become fully compliant with the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.

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Number Date Name Location Add a Comment
17199 Thu Apr 24 00:47:53 EDT 2014 Deanna Kassing IL
17198 Wed Apr 23 22:12:19 EDT 2014 Leslie Smith WA
17197 Wed Apr 23 21:03:41 EDT 2014 Nancy Kleinfeld Brielle, NJ
17196 Wed Apr 23 18:30:52 EDT 2014 Sybil Lawson Sacramento, CA
17195 Wed Apr 23 17:02:18 EDT 2014 suzy james TX
17194 Wed Apr 23 17:00:42 EDT 2014 suzy james TX
17193 Wed Apr 23 16:32:33 EDT 2014 Anonymous PA
17192 Wed Apr 23 13:55:32 EDT 2014 Theresa Waitkins peekskill, NY
17191 Wed Apr 23 13:41:30 EDT 2014 Patrick Russell Oakland, CA
17190 Wed Apr 23 12:56:15 EDT 2014 Wanda Brown TX
17189 Tue Apr 22 22:26:01 EDT 2014 Krista Derflinger San Antonio, TX
17188 Tue Apr 22 19:50:59 EDT 2014 Patricia Greenwood Leslie, MI
17187 Tue Apr 22 14:23:54 EDT 2014 Angela Schwering Westport, IN
17186 Tue Apr 22 11:32:08 EDT 2014 Holly Mcspadden Ellabell, GA
17185 Tue Apr 22 11:30:44 EDT 2014 Janet Johnson Prestonsburg, KY
17184 Tue Apr 22 11:03:12 EDT 2014 Vanessa Martin Clinton, AR
17183 Mon Apr 21 23:12:47 EDT 2014 Lonna Ellsworth Chesterfield, MO
17182 Mon Apr 21 20:44:22 EDT 2014 Anonymous Little Elm, TX No mo GMO
17181 Mon Apr 21 17:50:23 EDT 2014 Brianne Jones MA
17180 Mon Apr 21 16:42:49 EDT 2014 Ellen Schwerin Berkeley, CA
17179 Mon Apr 21 15:40:27 EDT 2014 Marilyn Vierthaler Isabel, KS
17178 Mon Apr 21 14:54:07 EDT 2014 Cynthia Griffis Reading, PA Proud that St Joseph Medical Center in Reading Pa has been bag free since July 2013!
17177 Mon Apr 21 13:36:46 EDT 2014 heather tibbetts forestdale, MA
17176 Mon Apr 21 13:30:25 EDT 2014 Kaitlynn Woollam MA
17175 Mon Apr 21 13:26:17 EDT 2014 Lydia Leclair MA
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