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 18037 signatures
Number Date Name Location Add a Comment
18037 Thu Jul 24 11:16:19 EDT 2014 Karen Goeglein Orlando, FL
18036 Thu Jul 24 11:02:28 EDT 2014 Christina Ivazes Roseville, CA Any actions or products that sabotage a mother's breastfeeding success need to be eliminated from any and all health care facilities and service providers.
18035 Thu Jul 24 11:02:00 EDT 2014 Christina Ivazes Roseville, CA Any actions or products that sabotage a mother's breastfeeding success need to be eliminated from any and all health care facilities and service providers.
18034 Wed Jul 23 15:05:09 EDT 2014 Diana Morgan-Hickey San Jose, CA
18033 Mon Jul 21 09:31:04 EDT 2014 Kelly Cook FL
18032 Sun Jul 20 10:29:23 EDT 2014 Paul and Mary Davidson Sandy Springs, GA The research continues to support breastfeeding's advantages. So should hospital staffs, and this sales gimmick undermines that mobilization by staff. Quick fix by formula is not the answer till it has More....
18031 Fri Jul 18 21:03:11 EDT 2014 Zina Difrancesco Maryville, TN As a breastfeeding Peer Counselor, I've seen Mothers lose confidence in their ability to breastfeed due to Hospital staff pushing formula when it's not medically necessary. Let's encourage Breastfeeding More....
18030 Thu Jul 17 16:26:18 EDT 2014 Nancy Lowell TX Seeking my IBCLC certification has REALLY opened my eyes to the importance of this issue.
18029 Wed Jul 16 20:04:46 EDT 2014 Miranda Myers Lafayette, LA
18028 Fri Jul 11 03:38:46 EDT 2014 Jean Sandon-Fernimos AZ
18027 Tue Jul 08 14:42:09 EDT 2014 Brenda Kirk Council Grove, KS
18026 Tue Jul 08 05:39:55 EDT 2014 Kelly Dubois Unionville , CT
18025 Thu Jul 03 14:23:57 EDT 2014 Meredith Sinclair New Haven, CT 207 -->206Predatory marketing practices such as the distribution of formula or formula branded products (bottles, etc.) to new mothers simply must stop. It's unethical and not in the best interest of babies.
18024 Wed Jul 02 15:56:07 EDT 2014 Samantha VA
18023 Wed Jul 02 13:23:27 EDT 2014 Meagan FL
18022 Tue Jul 01 14:56:54 EDT 2014 Linda Caiger St. Thomas, VI
18021 Tue Jul 01 14:04:56 EDT 2014 Anonymous orlando, FL
18020 Sat Jun 28 22:51:31 EDT 2014 Madison Wolff lancaster, PA
18019 Thu Jun 26 19:42:19 EDT 2014 alicia farina gardena, CA It's really sad that nothing was learned from Hurricane Katrina, a contaminated water supply, and artificial baby milk.Breast feeding is the best armor we can start our children off with. It should be More....
18018 Thu Jun 26 12:43:43 EDT 2014 Cindy Calderon Carolina, PR
18017 Thu Jun 26 10:57:30 EDT 2014 Debra Magary Wood River, IL I breastfed 7 of my 8 children (first baby, my husband and I adopted) I am a breastfeeding peer counselor and IBCLC at the WIC office. I see many moms who are influenced by the horrible practice More....
18016 Thu Jun 26 04:25:05 EDT 2014 Diana Morgan-Hickey San Jose, CA
18015 Mon Jun 23 17:14:39 EDT 2014 Tanya O'Donoghue AB
18014 Thu Jun 19 21:41:08 EDT 2014 Jill Denton Los Osos, CA
18013 Thu Jun 19 19:43:50 EDT 2014 Susan Weyer Westminster, MD As an IBCLC who works in a hospital, I see NON-medical use of formula far too much. Lack of education and support leads these sleep deprived, hormonal moms to reach for a bottle of formula because they More....
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