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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18052 Thu Aug 21 00:48:51 EDT 2014 Cheryl Dougherty Joliet, IL
18051 Sun Aug 17 22:26:46 EDT 2014 Emily Navar Salt Lake City, UT
18050 Fri Aug 15 20:25:34 EDT 2014 Carol Reeder Alburnett, IA We, as health professionals need to stop marketing formula for abbott,mead johnson,nestle and carnation. It is a conflict of interest not to mention an unethical practice.
18049 Wed Aug 13 10:59:35 EDT 2014 Heidi Rivera San tan valley, AZ
18048 Sun Aug 10 14:16:07 EDT 2014 Jeannette Orlando Lomita, CA
18047 Mon Aug 04 14:22:59 EDT 2014 susan angelo marietta, GA
18046 Sun Aug 03 17:54:03 EDT 2014 Marianne Baker Austin, TX
18045 Fri Aug 01 10:32:47 EDT 2014 Patricia Reid Wichita, KS
18044 Fri Aug 01 09:41:48 EDT 2014 Allyson Sponsler NY As an IBCLC, I feel that hospitals are only going to stop sabotaging Mothers who want to breastfeed if the government forces the issue. They could, for example, pull their accreditation unless the formula More....
18043 Thu Jul 31 06:22:28 EDT 2014 Mariana Gonzalez APO, AE
18042 Mon Jul 28 20:21:01 EDT 2014 Heather Felpel Herington, KS It
18041 Sun Jul 27 11:27:37 EDT 2014 Claire Langdon, RN, IBCLC Los Gatos, CA Formula is actually harmful to babies, decreasing the number of "good" microorganisms that belong in a baby's gut and increasing baby's risk of diabetes.
18040 Sat Jul 26 15:56:52 EDT 2014 Anonymous Fayetteville, NC Pediatricians should be required to encourage breastfeeding. This should be a mandatory part of their training. Too many mothers are choosing formula because the pediatrician had zero knowledge on breastfeeding More....
18039 Fri Jul 25 14:19:51 EDT 2014 Anonymous Cleveland, TN We also need to have our own stem cell therapy centers in the(S)Eastern part of TN, as soon as possible to help both adults and children have more access to that treatment as needed for cancers More....
18038 Thu Jul 24 21:35:12 EDT 2014 Anonymous CT Formula is pushed really hard in NICU settings even on babies who are only there for observation. It's stressful enough to have your baby in an isolette away from you, but adding the push for formula because More....
18037 Thu Jul 24 11:16:19 EDT 2014 Karen Goeglein Orlando, FL
18036 Thu Jul 24 11:02:28 EDT 2014 Christina Ivazes Roseville, CA Any actions or products that sabotage a mother's breastfeeding success need to be eliminated from any and all health care facilities and service providers.
18035 Thu Jul 24 11:02:00 EDT 2014 Christina Ivazes Roseville, CA Any actions or products that sabotage a mother's breastfeeding success need to be eliminated from any and all health care facilities and service providers.
18034 Wed Jul 23 15:05:09 EDT 2014 Diana Morgan-Hickey San Jose, CA
18033 Mon Jul 21 09:31:04 EDT 2014 Kelly Cook FL
18032 Sun Jul 20 10:29:23 EDT 2014 Paul and Mary Davidson Sandy Springs, GA The research continues to support breastfeeding's advantages. So should hospital staffs, and this sales gimmick undermines that mobilization by staff. Quick fix by formula is not the answer till it has More....
18031 Fri Jul 18 21:03:11 EDT 2014 Zina Difrancesco Maryville, TN As a breastfeeding Peer Counselor, I've seen Mothers lose confidence in their ability to breastfeed due to Hospital staff pushing formula when it's not medically necessary. Let's encourage Breastfeeding More....
18030 Thu Jul 17 16:26:18 EDT 2014 Nancy Lowell TX Seeking my IBCLC certification has REALLY opened my eyes to the importance of this issue.
18029 Wed Jul 16 20:04:46 EDT 2014 Miranda Myers Lafayette, LA
18028 Fri Jul 11 03:38:46 EDT 2014 Jean Sandon-Fernimos AZ
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