Free Infant formula Puts an End to Breastfeeding
According to a new Toronto Public Health report, around 40% of new mothers leave the hospital with free infant formula, which leads to spoiled breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding in Toronto said that women who did not take free samples were 3.5 times more likely to be breastfeeding exclusively after 2 weeks.
According to a study carried out in 2007 and 2008 involving 1,500 first-time mothers, 39% were given formula at the time of discharge from hospital.
Thus, many of these women ceased breastfeeding earlier than those women who were not given formula.
There might be some hidden incentives for hospitals to promote this formula but that is certainly not in the welfare of infants and mothers.
Dr. David McKeon, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, said that hospitals should have a “comprehensive breastfeeding policy, help for mothers to initiate breastfeeding within a half-hour of birth, and ensure newborns are not given food or drink other than breast milk unless medically indicated”.
Meanwhile, the International Formula Council said that free samples have no influence on a women’s decision, whether to breastfeed or formula-feed their baby and that mothers want to be updated about the choices.
Ann Holden, Patient Care Manager for the family birthing centre at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, said that the hospital has never given formula samples or any infant-feeding supplies to any mother.
But, the hospital will give free samples when mothers request formula for feeding.
source : topnews
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