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
18272 Thu Nov 26 13:02:17 EST 2015 Meagan Lehmiller Quantico, VA
18271 Sun Nov 22 21:40:48 EST 2015 Linda Martinson Troy, MI
18270 Mon Nov 16 14:57:56 EST 2015 Kathryn NY
18269 Mon Nov 16 14:44:14 EST 2015 pat callihan lancaster, PA
18268 Mon Nov 16 12:56:55 EST 2015 Anonymous Dorr, MI
18267 Sun Nov 15 02:31:07 EST 2015 Victoria Blanchette Worthington, MN
18266 Thu Nov 12 21:20:13 EST 2015 Emma Brown Oakland, CA
18265 Thu Nov 12 11:47:19 EST 2015 Jen Maxwell CA
18264 Thu Nov 12 03:46:21 EST 2015 C McGee Los Angeles, CA
18263 Tue Nov 10 08:31:14 EST 2015 Ben Tyler New Milford, CT
18262 Sat Nov 07 06:58:58 EST 2015 Lauren hammeal centerbrook , CT
18261 Fri Nov 06 19:13:25 EST 2015 Andrea Gloria Ewa, HI
18260 Fri Nov 06 11:49:28 EST 2015 Anna Kimball MN
18259 Thu Nov 05 03:47:46 EST 2015 Mikaela Murphy Bay Village, OH
18258 Sat Oct 31 21:41:08 EDT 2015 Jenna Miles While there are legitimate reasons for baby formula, such as in the case of adopted babies or if the mother is unable to breastfeed for any medical reason, and hospitals should have them, it is wrong to More....
18257 Sat Oct 31 02:32:55 EDT 2015 Anonymous Greeley, CO
18256 Mon Oct 26 21:46:59 EDT 2015 Greg Tuveson Dover, NH
18255 Mon Oct 26 01:25:10 EDT 2015 Angela Granata MI
18254 Sat Oct 24 16:07:39 EDT 2015 Selena Johnson Portland, OR
18253 Thu Oct 22 19:10:23 EDT 2015 Linda Grimm Toledo, OH
18252 Thu Oct 22 16:16:24 EDT 2015 Ashleigh Benson LA Support the breast!
18251 Thu Oct 22 15:36:40 EDT 2015 Anonymous Laguna Beach, CA
18250 Sun Oct 18 16:10:29 EDT 2015 Julianne CO
18249 Thu Oct 15 22:48:18 EDT 2015 Philip Feeding Hills, MA
18248 Mon Oct 12 14:22:44 EDT 2015 Isabela Lessa MD
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