Some hospitals curb samples of baby formula

May 10, 2012 6:49:53 AM PDT
For generations, hospitals have sent newborns home with a small bag of goodies, including infant formula.

Now, the New York City Department of Health has gotten 23 of the city's 40 hospitals to pledge they won't do that anymore.

Health officials say the gift packs of infant formula undermine efforts to encourage breastfeeding.

Doctors generally recommend breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months.

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