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 18128 signatures
Number Date Name Location Add a Comment
18128 Wed Feb 25 22:43:42 EST 2015 JANINE STOKES Riverside, CA
18127 Tue Feb 24 04:00:34 EST 2015 Joanna Marthey OH
18126 Mon Feb 23 21:07:32 EST 2015 Ellen Jamieson Leonia, NJ
18125 Mon Feb 23 16:29:04 EST 2015 hilary moxon manassas, VA formula companies purposely provide "free" samples in hopes of sabotaging a vulnerable mother and infants breast feeding journey.Its unethical and insidious.
18124 Sat Feb 21 22:04:52 EST 2015 Ashley Bostyan Rochester, MN
18123 Sat Feb 21 13:04:15 EST 2015 Anonymous Brooklyn , NY 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.
18122 Thu Feb 19 14:15:44 EST 2015 Anonymous sedalia, CO
18121 Mon Feb 16 19:51:37 EST 2015 Natalie Ward Wilmington, NC
18120 Mon Feb 16 16:47:39 EST 2015 Bryan Todd Pinole, CA
18119 Mon Feb 16 11:52:02 EST 2015 Carolee ID Breastfeeding is NORMAL and right and good. Bottle feeding is NOT. Marketing should be ethical.
18118 Sat Feb 14 15:38:05 EST 2015 Mary Rastauskas Haverhill, MA
18117 Sat Feb 14 00:13:27 EST 2015 jim walton West Frankfort, IL
18116 Thu Feb 12 22:03:24 EST 2015 Ashley Dial West Frankfort, IL
18115 Thu Feb 12 21:34:28 EST 2015 Bonnie Jackanicz Benton, IL Normalize breastfeeding!
18114 Mon Feb 09 21:36:53 EST 2015 Elizabeth Williams Erwin, TN 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....
18113 Mon Feb 09 17:56:33 EST 2015 MARA COHEN Skokie, IL
18112 Mon Feb 09 17:50:47 EST 2015 JULIANA ZAMORAMO delray beach, FL
18111 Mon Feb 09 14:53:49 EST 2015 Tara Williams Springfield, MO
18110 Fri Feb 06 20:49:18 EST 2015 sarah willoughby jeffersonville, KY our hospital gives away lots of formula samples through gift bags and other items as well. I would like to see that change.
18109 Mon Feb 02 22:35:06 EST 2015 jennifer driscoll MA
18108 Mon Feb 02 18:28:15 EST 2015 Camilo Zamora Shelbyville, TN
18107 Mon Feb 02 13:27:46 EST 2015 Kristen Littleton Dover, DE
18106 Fri Jan 30 16:04:07 EST 2015 Melanie Miller MENDHAM, NJ
18105 Thu Jan 29 19:39:11 EST 2015 Rachel cornish Wesley Chapel, FL
18104 Thu Jan 29 16:34:36 EST 2015 Ryan Burgess Glen Ellyn, IL
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