Note to hospitals: Formula is not the enemy

Maryland officials recently, and rather self righteously, announced that in an effort to encourage breastfeeding, the state’s 32 birthing hospitals will no longer offer company-sponsored gift bags of formula to new moms, following in the footsteps of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Delaware. I’m all for getting rid of the swag bag; hospitals shouldn’t be marketing anything. But linking the decision to breastfeeding sends a message that formula itself is bad, piling on to the already enormous — and sometimes detrimental — pressure to nurse.

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