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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17171 Sun Apr 20 20:50:55 EDT 2014 Blaire Byrley Chapel Hill, NC
17170 Sun Apr 20 09:32:59 EDT 2014 Cerise Bouchard Lexington, KY The Lactation Improvement Network of Kentucky fully supports Public Citizen's campaign to demand compliance of the WHO Code.
17169 Sun Apr 20 06:44:19 EDT 2014 Ruth Strunk Fort Mill, SC Supporting the Who code is important for the health of future generations.
17168 Sat Apr 19 18:36:21 EDT 2014 Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, RN, IBCLC, FILCA San Antonio, TX Come into compliance with WHO's Code for the Ethical Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes. And get the word out about SAFE preparation of powdered artificial baby milk before another baby dies.
17167 Sat Apr 19 11:19:09 EDT 2014 Carrie Klein RNC, Certified Lactation Counselor Athens, MI I believe many mothers abandon breastfeeding when they have free samples given to them instead of breastfeeding resource help. Please stop distributing free samples to hospitals, as well as sending to More....
17166 Sat Apr 19 08:14:43 EDT 2014 mary Henderson Kincardine, ON Breast milk is the only natural food for a newborn human and the best way to insure a healthy baby becomes a healthy adult.
17165 Fri Apr 18 23:59:55 EDT 2014 Tracie Barrow Cloverdale, CA
17164 Fri Apr 18 21:01:31 EDT 2014 Martha Molina FL Breastfeeding=Health
17163 Fri Apr 18 21:01:31 EDT 2014 Martha Molina FL Breastfeeding=Health
17162 Fri Apr 18 21:00:43 EDT 2014 Ninfa Wowsk Houston, TX Not more obesity for children , we need healthy future adults!
17161 Fri Apr 18 17:56:02 EDT 2014 Laura Willis NC You say that you believe breast milk is best and that your product is "just in case." However your marketing tells a different story. Just 2 days ago, a young mother to be asked "Isn't formula just as More....
17160 Fri Apr 18 17:04:15 EDT 2014 Shari O'Brien FL
17159 Fri Apr 18 15:49:47 EDT 2014 Helen Wagster NC If you truly want to do what is best for babies, mothers, families, tax payers, and this country, you will not violate "The Code". Your products have an important purpose, but it needs to be a medical More....
17158 Fri Apr 18 12:40:18 EDT 2014 Allyson Michaels VA
17157 Fri Apr 18 11:48:11 EDT 2014 Shanda Harrington Barron, WI Allow a mother to make a choice without pressure from formula makers. Nurses and doctors need to encourage using pumps and lactation consultants, not saying formula is just as good and steering mothers More....
17156 Fri Apr 18 10:39:30 EDT 2014 Permian Basin Breastfeeding Coal Odessa, TX
17155 Fri Apr 18 10:37:31 EDT 2014 Candy Powell Odessa, TX
17154 Fri Apr 18 09:48:27 EDT 2014 Laurie Wheeler MS
17153 Fri Apr 18 09:30:49 EDT 2014 Chrissy Kaleugher Pittsburgh, PA 206 -->205Please stop undermining mothers confidence and hurting our babies well being. Let women who want to breastfeed have the best support possible at the very vulnerable time both before and after giving birth.
17152 Fri Apr 18 07:46:57 EDT 2014 Angela Nooner Norman, OK
17151 Fri Apr 18 07:19:51 EDT 2014 Amanda NC
17150 Fri Apr 18 02:45:38 EDT 2014 Tonia Steele AL
17149 Fri Apr 18 00:22:28 EDT 2014 Colleen Myatt Bethany, CT
17148 Fri Apr 18 00:12:56 EDT 2014 Deborah sisson Nottingham, MD
17147 Fri Apr 18 00:08:00 EDT 2014 Rowen Holland, LM, CPM Santa Cruz, CA
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