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July 30th, 2012, 08:03 PM
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Many hospitals give out free formula to mothers, regardless of their feeding choices. The hospital I had ds1 in gave me 4 cans of formula when I left, 2 Enfamil and 2 Similac. They also gave me about $50 worth in coupons for formula. This is actually a common practice in many hospitals around the world. Because of hospitals doing this there have been movements to change it. To "ban the bags", which are called breastfeeding bags but are filled with formula samples, formula coupons, and maybe 1 disposable breast pad. There are also movements in the US to replace the formula sample bags with BFing friendly bags.

The Baby Friendly Initiative does not try to *not* have formula at the hospitals, they just want hospitals to not endorse certain brands of formula and give out cans of it for free to every mom who has a baby. They want support for BFing and also want formula to still be available for those who need/want it, but not to give it out to everyone.

There has been research that says that BFing is undermined when hospitals give out free samples of formula for everyone, and that it drops BFing rates. Which is why many hospitals around the world do not partake in the giving out of free formula, they have higher rates of BFing from the beginning and at 6 months.

"The BFHI assists hospitals in giving mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or feeding formula safely, and gives special recognition to hospitals that have done so."
Mama to G, L & twins F & M
Started off 2013 homebirthing suprise twins Fia Celesta & Maddalena Isabella

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