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 18070 signatures
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18070 Sat Oct 25 03:13:27 EDT 2014 Luca Lambertucci Rome, ot
18069 Thu Oct 23 15:54:05 EDT 2014 Elaine Fredrick MN
18068 Sat Oct 11 01:47:14 EDT 2014 Lacrecia Montgomery Indianapolis, IN For the health of our babies and their mothers, it is imperative that we stop the marketing of artificial baby milk in hospitals and doctor's offices. Breastfeeding should be the gold standard and the More....
18067 Wed Oct 08 14:48:23 EDT 2014 Anonymous Largo, FL
18066 Wed Oct 08 13:04:27 EDT 2014 Melanie Lugo VA
18065 Fri Oct 03 07:56:45 EDT 2014 Richard Cooper Oronoco, MN
18064 Mon Sep 29 16:25:10 EDT 2014 Anonymous NJ
18063 Sat Sep 27 15:08:08 EDT 2014 Natalya VA
18062 Thu Sep 25 12:06:14 EDT 2014 april robertson cleburne, TX
18061 Tue Sep 23 16:23:33 EDT 2014 Jennifer Sullivan Poughkeepsie, NY
18060 Thu Sep 18 12:12:49 EDT 2014 Naomi Brioche MD
18059 Thu Sep 18 12:12:28 EDT 2014 Naomi Brioche MD
18058 Mon Sep 15 13:08:18 EDT 2014 Emily Tvrdy Cozad, NE I work as a nurse on the OB floor of a small hospital and am absolutely disgusted with the amount of overt and underhanded infant formula advertising and promotion that undermines breastfeeding in every More....
18057 Mon Sep 15 09:32:59 EDT 2014 Meagan FL
18056 Sun Sep 14 22:05:15 EDT 2014 Anonymous Exton, PA We are expecting now and on our first visit to our OB/GYN, we got forms to register for enfamil & similac and bunch of other marketing things. On researching little more, I found that the formula is only More....
18055 Sat Sep 13 00:34:30 EDT 2014 Jack David Marcus New York, NY
18054 Sat Sep 06 15:18:35 EDT 2014 Erica Rockwell Houlton, ME
18053 Mon Aug 25 23:55:45 EDT 2014 Rachel WA
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
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