04 Dec '11, 1pm

Rhode Island Hospitals Stop Offering Formula to Encourage Breastfeeding

Rhode Island Hospitals Stop Offering Formula to Encourage Breastfeeding

In an effort to encourage breastfeeding, Rhode Island birthing hospitals have stopped giving out formula to new moms. The Rhode Island Health Department contends that breastfeeding is better for the health of the mother and the child. Not to mention that it’s easier on the planet and much less expensive. Reuters reports: The move by the state's seven birthing hospitals over the past decade was believed to make Rhode Island the first state in the nation to eliminate distribution of free packs of formula, except when medically necessary. "We always support efforts to encourage breast-feeding," said Annemarie Beardsworth, a health department spokeswoman. Human breast milk is, by virtue of evolution, perfectly suited for humans . Babies were born to be breast fed. Breast milk has over 200 components needed for early life and kids that are breast fed are much less likely to be ...

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