No more free infant formula at RI hospitals

USA Today, November 30, 2011
New mothers in Rhode Island will no longer leave the hospital with a free goody bag of infant formula.To encourage breastfeeding, the state's seven birthing hospitals stopped formula giveaways this fall, apparently making it the first state to end the widespread practice. State health officials hailed the decision, noting that breastfeeding has been proved healthier than formula for both infants and mothers. Stephanie Chafee, a nurse and the wife of Gov. Lincoln Chafee, called the decision a critical step toward increasing breastfeeding rates.

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