Massachusetts now joins Rhode Island as the second state to ban free samples of baby formula in gift bags to new moms when they leave the hospital. Why? Because it goes against the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which says that women should breast feed for the first six months if possible.
Ann Merewood, Boston Breast-Feeding Director, says, "Breast-feeding is undermined when women go home with these bags. No one is saying that you can't formula feed your baby. No one is saying that we won't give your baby formula in the hospital. It is simply about reducing the marketing."
The International Formula Council argues that if parents are discouraged from using infant formula, they may resort to inferior methods of infant feeding, which could put babies at risk of nutritional deficiencies.
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