Hospital Bans Companies From Giving Free Baby Formula On Maternity Ward

Oct 27, 2016 at 11:40 am |

The move is not one everyone agrees with.

When I worked as a labor and delivery nurse, we had an entire storeroom filled to the brim with “goody bags” for new moms. The bags contained all kinds of good stuff for moms — magazines with tips, advice, and articles about pregnancy and welcoming a baby into the world, pacifiers, baby shampoo and lotion samples, educational materials such as how to recognize postpartum depression, diapers and wet wipes, and of course that crown jewel of hospital bags:

Free formula. We stocked all the leading brands of formula and although we didn’t technically endorse one brand over another, as nurses, we also knew which formula brand was affiliated with WIC, so we made sure to pass that information onto new mothers choosing formula. We were all very careful to never push formula on anyone, but at the same time, make sure that anyone wanting formula had what they needed.

Hospital goody bags for new mothers, including formula, have always been a staple of many OB units, but that could be about to change.

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Credit: Shutterstock

One state has gone to ban use of baby formula on the maternity floor and of course, parents are angry.

Find out why one state is banning free formula for good.