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.

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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
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