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Word of Mouth

Banning Formula in Hospitals in Favor of Breast Feeding

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Hospitals, advocates, and even formula manufacturers acknowledge that when it comes to newborns, “breast is best.”  And yet free samples of formula are ubiquitous inside many hospital walls – offered by nurses, doctors, or thrown in goodie bags for new mothers heading home after giving birth.  Now, some hospitals are calling for an in-house ban on free formula samples.  They say the relative ease of bottle-feeding may sway new nursing mothers to give up on the breast. Pam Belluck  joins us, she is a health and science reporter at the New York Times.