Read Public Citizen’s new report on successful initiatives to end formula marketing in health care facilities.
Healthcare facilities shouldn’t market any commercial products. They should provide only the best, evidence-based medical care. Yet, many facilities and healthcare providers are co-opted by infant formula companies to market their products: in the United States, the majority of birthing hospitals dispense industry-sponsored samples of formula to new mothers after they give birth. Mothers who receive formula samples in hospital are less likely to breastfeed exclusively and more likely to breastfeed for shorter durations. Yet, all major healthcare provider organizations recommend breastfeeding for at least the first six months of life. It’s best for babies, mothers and communities.
Public Citizen is fighting to keep hospital obstetrics wards commercial-free: no more marketing of potentially harmful products to new moms. Along with over 100 other organizations, we are calling on the over two-thirds of hospitals in the United States that distribute industry-sponsored formula samples to new moms to immediately stop this practice. And, we’re demanding that formula companies — primarily Big Pharma and Big Food corporations — stop this practice, which violates the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.
Are you a healthcare provider? Take the pledge to keep formula marketing out of your office.
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- Read the letter calling on hospital executives to end formula marketing in their facilities.
- See which hospitals received the letter.
- Sign Public Citizen’s petition, calling on the three major formula companies to stop distributing samples to new moms in hospitals.
- Healthcare providers: Take the pledge to keep formula marketing out of your office.
- Read statements of support for the campaign.
- Read letters to Governor Rick Snyder (MI) and Mayor Corey Booker (Newark, NJ) regarding partnerships with Nestlé.
Get Involved: Resources for Activists
- Infant Formula Marketing Home
- Background Q&A
- Top Talking Points
- Fact Sheet on Infant Formula Marketing in Healthcare Facilities
- Fact Sheet on Infant Formula Marketing in Clinics and Doctor’s Offices
- The Dollars and Cents of Infant Formula
- Who Makes Infant Formula?
- What do Moms Say About Infant Formula Marketing?
- Supporting Scholarly Studies
- Writing an Op-Ed or Letter to the Editor on Infant Formula Marketing
- Meeting With Local Hospital Officials
- Additional Resources