public policy

R.I. eliminates formula distribution to new mothers

Posted 11/28/11

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s birthing hospitals have ended the practice of distributing free infant formula to postpartum women at hospital discharge, the first state in the nation to do so.

That milestone will be celebrated at a news conference scheduled for Nov. 28 at the R.I. Statehouse, featuring First Lady Stephanie Chafee, Lt. Gov. Elizabeth H. Roberts, Dr. Michael Fine, director of the R.I. Department of Health, and Marsha Walker, co-chair of Ban the Bags, a national campaign to stop formula company marketing in maternity hospitals

Mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of some diseases, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Breastfeeding during infancy helps to prevent children from becoming overweight or obese during childhood and later in life. Furthermore, breastfeeding results in significant cost savings for families, the health care system, and for employers. Multiple studies show an association between the distribution of free commercial formula bags and decreased breastfeeding rates.

In October, Landmark Medical Center and Memorial Hospital joined Kent, Newport, South County, Westerly, and Women & Infants hospitals in eliminating the distribution of formula bags and enabled Rhode Island to claim the honor of being the first state to do so, R.I. Health Department officials said.

Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Join PBN and two panels of successful female executives, business owners and entrepreneurs as we delve into what women should do to advance their careers, and become leaders in the corporate world and their own enterprises.
  • Book of Lists Party
    Save the date - January 15, 2015 for PBN's Book of Lists Party at the Providence ...
  • Best Places to Work
    Enrollment is now open for the 7th annual Best Places to Work program. Winners w ...
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News
    Advertisement