Posted: Apr 12, 2012 12:41 AM
Updated: Apr 12, 2012 9:07 AM
When you give birth to a baby in the hospital, the mom is usually inundated with free formula. Even though I breastfed my first son, I remember leaving the hospital with a few cans of formula, a formula endorsed diaper bag, and coupon galore for more formula. Wow... you'd think the hospital was trying to push formula on new parents over breastfeeding. Hmmm...
The formula companies know what they are doing and they do it well. Give new parents lots of free formula at the beginning and get them hooked. According to Reuters,
"Just 14 percent of 6-month-old infants are exclusively breastfed, something U.S. health officials want to increase to about 26 percent by 2020. Breastfeeding also lags among lower-income women, according to the government data. Still, breastfeeding in the United States is increasing, according to the World Health Organization, partly because more hospitals offer breastfeeding support and allow babies to stay in their mothers' hospital rooms."
There is now a shift and some hospitals are no longer supplying free formula to new parents in order to create a more successful breastfeeding environment. As you can imagine, there is quite a split in opinions on this matter.
How do you feel about this? Do you think this movement will help new mothers choose to breastfeed?