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
18102 Tue Jan 27 12:19:15 EST 2015 Karla Juarez OK
18101 Sat Jan 24 21:21:13 EST 2015 Cheyenne Conway TX
18100 Fri Jan 23 16:04:14 EST 2015 Thomas Johnson Pence Springs, WV
18099 Wed Jan 21 16:13:19 EST 2015 Mary F Portland, OR Say yes to the breast!
18098 Sun Jan 18 09:15:17 EST 2015 Anonymous GERMANTOWN, MD
18097 Fri Jan 16 20:02:11 EST 2015 Sarah Johnson Easton, MD
18096 Sun Jan 04 14:57:36 EST 2015 Maureen Malmud Cerry Hill, NJ
18095 Sun Jan 04 09:34:55 EST 2015 Rennie Miller Schuylkill Haven, PA
18094 Sun Jan 04 02:33:38 EST 2015 Anonymous CO
18093 Tue Dec 23 20:30:33 EST 2014 Patricia Guzman NY Breast is Best!
18092 Tue Dec 23 16:09:17 EST 2014 Anonymous Martinsburg, WV
18091 Wed Dec 10 12:32:17 EST 2014 maegen storm Owatonna, MN
18090 Sun Dec 07 21:17:10 EST 2014 Marissa Gray Poland, OH
18089 Sun Dec 07 00:24:53 EST 2014 John Taylor Jr Panama City Beach, FL
18088 Wed Dec 03 05:43:26 EST 2014 sarah martin sackets harbor, NY
18087 Mon Nov 24 14:37:30 EST 2014 Shawnellen Krajcik Springfield, MA
18086 Thu Nov 20 09:50:37 EST 2014 Eliza Minden NY Support breastfeeding and we will have less sickness and less obesity.
18085 Wed Nov 19 16:28:49 EST 2014 samantha hines Bentonville, AR Hospital's marketing a product that negatively impacts children's health is a conflict or intrest. Formula can be a valuable tool, but the wide spread marketing push of formula is a disservice to infant More....
18084 Wed Nov 19 16:24:22 EST 2014 Anonymous AR
18083 Wed Nov 19 16:09:41 EST 2014 Eva Charles Bentonville, AR
18082 Wed Nov 19 16:05:23 EST 2014 Tawny Mullikin Bella Vista, AR
18081 Wed Nov 19 11:39:13 EST 2014 Annie Havner Osage Beach, MO
18080 Wed Nov 19 11:24:30 EST 2014 Patricia DeLuca Nokomis, FL
18079 Tue Nov 18 03:15:56 EST 2014 Brittanie Bautista Cypress, TX Every woman deserves a real shot at breastfeeding. Please help them get that.
18078 Tue Nov 11 14:35:35 EST 2014 Susan Courrejou Salinas, CA This is me, the petition says it all.
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