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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1-25 of 18300 signatures
Number Date Name Location Add a Comment
18300 Mon Feb 08 20:10:26 EST 2016 Julia Foster Joplin, MO
18299 Mon Feb 08 17:25:41 EST 2016 Nancy Bell Boulder Creek, CA
18298 Sat Feb 06 19:46:50 EST 2016 Carletta Kirkes Abilene, TX
18297 Thu Feb 04 06:56:46 EST 2016 Lara Castle Culver, OR
18296 Wed Feb 03 14:55:54 EST 2016 Anne Baumann Whitehorse, YT
18295 Fri Jan 22 22:44:27 EST 2016 Cara CA
18294 Fri Jan 22 10:29:34 EST 2016 Anonymous FL
18293 Wed Jan 20 21:03:46 EST 2016 Anonymous Collierville, TN
18292 Wed Jan 20 16:52:42 EST 2016 Kelly Ryan CA
18291 Mon Jan 18 10:28:02 EST 2016 Andrea Smith Ithaca, NY
18290 Fri Jan 15 15:13:24 EST 2016 Maureen LaParo Jersey City, NJ
18289 Tue Jan 12 15:34:47 EST 2016 Leslie Bow Oro Valley, AZ
18288 Tue Jan 12 10:25:14 EST 2016 Susan Courrejou Salinas, CA You have all the reasons. Just read the petition.
18287 Mon Jan 11 18:23:29 EST 2016 Jenna Miles
18286 Mon Jan 11 13:05:07 EST 2016 Gail CA Unlike any country in the world, in the U.S. infant "milk" formulas are contaminated with soy of which contains developmentally toxic phytoestrogenic hormone disrupters plus additional soybean phyto-poisons! More....
18285 Sat Jan 09 09:26:38 EST 2016 Kenneth Bryan Arab, AL
18284 Thu Jan 07 13:01:23 EST 2016 Pat and Robin Wittrock Anchorage, AK
18283 Mon Jan 04 18:57:48 EST 2016 Jennifer Messerschmidt Citrus Heights, CA
18282 Thu Dec 31 00:49:10 EST 2015 Keeley Schoepke WA
18281 Fri Dec 18 18:36:44 EST 2015 Denise HENNIG Lanai City, HI
18280 Fri Dec 18 12:23:20 EST 2015 Rachelle Blanchard Ephrata , WA
18279 Thu Dec 10 12:00:43 EST 2015 Anonymous Spring, TX When I was in the hospital and my milk supply didn't come in, my baby lost a pound (which I figured out larder was normal) the RN made me feel like such a bad mother that I fed him formula. They More....
18278 Wed Dec 09 20:34:42 EST 2015 Laura Gaidry Bonaire, GA
18277 Wed Dec 09 19:09:58 EST 2015 Zarya Rubin Portland, OR
18276 Wed Dec 09 15:50:15 EST 2015 Julie Clark Vancouver, WA
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