All six birthing hospitals in the city of Philadelphia have and all eight birthing hospitals in Washington, DC have eliminated distribution of industry sponsored formula bags as of August 1, 2014. Philadelphia’s effort comes as part of a larger effort to improve breastfeeding support in that city’s birthing hospitals. A bag free Philadelphia coincides with efforts of the Philadelphia Multi-Hospital Breastfeeding Task Force to declare Philadelphia “The City of Motherly Love” and encourage members of the public to sign a pledge showing their support for nursing mothers in the city. According to Dr. Sahira Long, chair of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition, some facilities stopped earlier than others, but all stopped giving out the bags voluntarily as of August 1.
3000 mothers responded to a survey regarding formula gift bag distribution conducted by Tanya Lieberman at Best for Babes. We must be doing something right as there was a downward trend in the distribution of these bags. Keep up the … Continue reading