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.
formula companies purposely provide "free" samples in hopes of sabotaging a vulnerable mother and infants breast feeding journey.Its unethical and insidious.
Sat Feb 21 22:04:52 EST 2015
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I am a NICU nurse, and breastfeeding is the one of the most best and special things a parent can do for their baby. Breastmilk = better outcomes for life.
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Breastfeeding is NORMAL and right and good. Bottle feeding is NOT. Marketing should be ethical.
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Mon Feb 09 21:36:53 EST 2015
When I was discharged from the hospital, I was given a bag containing formula that said, "Formula for breastfeeding moms." I asked the nurse, "Isn't this an oxymoron?" She shrugged. This marketing is More....deceptive and predatory.
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Fri Feb 06 20:49:18 EST 2015
our hospital gives away lots of formula samples through gift bags and other items as well. I would like to see that change.
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