It looks like breastfeeding is making a comeback as hospitals are not handing out free formula like they used to.
NBC – Good news for breastfeeding – a new study shows hospitals have slashed the practice of handing out free formula to new moms, a practice that advocates have long complained discourages breastfeeding.
In 2007, close to 73 percent of U.S. hospitals handed out the packs – familiar to just about anyone who gave birth in the 1990s and early 2000s. That fell by 41 percentage points to 31.6 percent in 2013, according to the study published in the journal Pediatrics.
“In 2007, there was only one state (Rhode Island) in which more than 25 percent of hospitals distributed infant formula discharge packs to breastfeeding mothers, whereas in 2013 there were 24 such states and territories,” Dr. Jennifer Nelson and colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote.
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