POLL: Should New Moms Be Given Formula at the Hospital?
The state has banned this practice.
According to the Associated Press, Massachusetts has now banned hospitals from giving free formula to new mothers in an effort to encourage them to breast-feed.
The AP reports that all 49 birth facilities in the state have voluntarily agreed to eliminating the practice. Research shows breast-feeding mothers who receive free formula are less likely to be breast-feeding by the time their infant is one month old, according to the article.
A similar ban was attempted in 2005 but was overturned. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers exclusively breast-feed for the first six months of their child's life.