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.
Add Your Name to the Petition Below
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.
|Number||Date||Name||Location||Add a Comment|
|18341||Wed May 04 12:41:50 EDT 2016||Jennie Howland||Northampton, MA|
|18340||Wed May 04 00:46:04 EDT 2016||Jose Garcia||Vacaville, CA|
|18339||Tue May 03 13:13:52 EDT 2016||arthur herr||Defuniak Springs, FL|
|18338||Sun May 01 22:09:02 EDT 2016||Jan Frentzos||TN|
|18337||Fri Apr 29 16:15:43 EDT 2016||Ashley Walsh||Denver, CO|
|18336||Fri Apr 29 15:15:31 EDT 2016||Anonymous||MN|
|18335||Thu Apr 28 13:50:07 EDT 2016||melodie diaz||TX||follow the WHO code!|
|18334||Wed Apr 27 12:55:57 EDT 2016||Adam Kahn||O'Fallon, MO|
|18333||Tue Apr 26 07:15:19 EDT 2016||joe demarco||nunda, NY|
|18332||Wed Apr 20 15:21:58 EDT 2016||Amy Coe||Boston, MA|
|18331||Wed Apr 20 09:49:57 EDT 2016||Wendy Miller||MD|
|18330||Tue Apr 19 15:15:36 EDT 2016||Aubrie Milburn||Bolivar, OH|
|18329||Mon Apr 18 13:05:03 EDT 2016||Liz||CO|
|18328||Tue Apr 12 02:20:43 EDT 2016||katie hensley||boulder, CO|
|18327||Sun Apr 10 19:11:20 EDT 2016||Cecilia Talley||McKinleyville, CA||Support Mothers first and foremost with Breastfeeding|
|18326||Fri Apr 01 13:46:01 EDT 2016||Sarah Quigley||San Francisco, CA|
|18325||Wed Mar 30 11:54:41 EDT 2016||Deborah Cahill||Jacksonville Beach, FL|
|18324||Sun Mar 27 21:25:05 EDT 2016||Melinda Lipe||Taylor, MS|
|18323||Sun Mar 27 17:40:23 EDT 2016||Sherryl Kirby||Charlevoix, MI|
|18322||Fri Mar 25 22:33:15 EDT 2016||Alexis Veigas||VA|
|18321||Wed Mar 23 22:51:10 EDT 2016||Leona Duval||Columbia, MO|
|18320||Wed Mar 23 14:36:40 EDT 2016||Kenneth Barnes||Portland, OR|
|18319||Tue Mar 22 20:12:28 EDT 2016||Peter Wansor||New York, NY|
|18318||Mon Mar 21 16:31:26 EDT 2016||Carissa Clarke||APO, AE|
|18317||Fri Mar 18 21:13:35 EDT 2016||brian brackney||san francisco, CA|