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Fewer hospitals handing out free formula – and why this is good!

Fewer hospitals handing out free formula – and why this is good!

The CDC released data that showed that fewer hospitals than ever are sending home new moms with free formula “gifts” – just under 33% of U.S hospitals in 2013 (and this used to be about 75% in 2007!!). This is GREAT news for moms who want to be successful with breastfeeding, because studies have shown that when moms go home with formula handouts they are less likely to achieve their *own* breastfeeding goals. And when new parents need all the support they can get, doing something that may have the best of intentions (like sending them home with formula and coupons) that we know makes them less likely to succeed is the opposite of support! (Of course, for moms who choose not to breastfeed or have medical needs for supplementation, hospital-supplied formula is still available)
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