Doctors offices giving out formula samples

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Registered: 01-12-2008
Doctors offices giving out formula samples
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Wed, 12-08-2010 - 11:26am

I was wondering what do you ladies think of Doctors offices giving out Formula samples.

I just had my 29 week gestational appointment. And got my "sample." It includes four premixed bottles of Enfimil formula, with for bottle nipples to fit the bottles. Plus a free same of free n clear detergant with a coupon. Some information on Enfimil formula, but nothing on BFing.

In all honesty it doesn't bother me to much, as I'm still BFing my 18 month old. I plan on Tandem nursings the new arrivial and DD. DD shows no interest in weaning, so I'm not forcing it (no matter how crazy those around me think I am, I do have DH's full 100% support.) I'm planning on donating the formula and nipples to a locale food band or women shelter.

So what are your thoughts on Doctors handing out formula, expecially with no info on BFing.

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 12:02pm

Hi.

I think your doctor is telling you that "formula is just as good" as breastmilk.

And pushing Enfamil because Enfamil gave him advertising "swag".

I also think it's evil (though more likely mindless evil rather than intentional), since he is setting the stage for more babies under his care to not be breastfed.

"The DOCTOR gave it to me for my BABY! It CAN'T be bad for my baby if if came from the DOCTOR!"

If we cannot trust our medical professionals to guide us towards the healthier choices, to not imply that less healthy choices are equal to the healthier ones, who CAN we trust when we are making our choices?!?

And, if our medical professionals are indicating that formula is just as good, where is the nudge to do ANY research on infant nutrition? Where is the guidance towards informed choices?

Those are my thoughts about your doctor handing out formula samples willy-nilly.

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 12:10pm

welcome

Welcome to the debate board Vanessa! It's wonderful to see you posting here and I hope that you will stick around and post more often.

Congrats on your pregnancy! What does Carolynn think about becoming a big sister?

Most women look to their dr to help them make an informed decision. To be handed free formula samples that give endorsement of those products by a respected professional does nothing to help a women make that informed choice.

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Registered: 05-02-2006
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 12:25pm

I think it's wrong and I don't think drs should be handing out samples or coupons for anything of that nature.

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 12:40pm
I'm just going to say ITA with Traci. As usual, she's gone right to the point :)

 


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Registered: 01-12-2008
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 1:42pm
I have actually heard the argument before that the doctor gave it to me it must be okay. It made me sad. Though I love my cows milk with dinner, and as I've had a doctor remind me, its to make a "calf into a heifer!" At the time I was appalled, but I truely get it now. Though I'm not giving up my cows milk at dinner!!!
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Wed, 12-08-2010 - 1:45pm
Thanks for the welcome. I've posted once or twice before but life got away from me, and I never got back to posting :-( I do read a lot on here though :-)

I'm not sure what she thinks. Being 18 months old, we are all about dinosaurs and our dogs, or chasing the cat. She hasn't ever noticed the baby move, or if she has hasn't reacted. I have told her there is a baby in button, but she looks at me funny!!!

I don't think it helps to make and informed decision either. I wish there was a way to "equal" the playing field.
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Registered: 01-12-2008
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 1:48pm
Love the big mac analogy!!! My Dr. knows I'm still bfing DD (as I have had to remind him numerous times) Its just the standard packet they give out to everyone. I am going to talk to him at my next appointment, about nothing being in there about BFing. I'm also going to look to see if there is a local LLL to inform them of this too.
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Registered: 06-17-2007
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 2:37pm

First of all, I wanted to say welcome and I love your blinkies!

Second, I'd like to say I agree with you. A couple months back I wrote a scathing diatribe about this very practice, meaning the act by formula companies of giving free samples to doctor's offices as a means of creating brand loyalty and sabotaging women's attempts to bf under the rhetoric of choice. Here's a link if you'd like to read it:

http://talesfromthecrunch.blogspot.com/2010/10/formula-for-wealth-abbott-labs-and.html

Now, when I was pregnant with my daughter, I went to a regular OB practice. You should know that I was nothing even close to approximating a lactivist at that point. At my first major appt, at 13 weeks, I was given a bag of stuff, various pamphlets and whatnot. I was also given a little cooler with two cans of Similac formula in it. While I was looking through it, waiting to schedule my next appt, I asked the receptionist why on earth they gave me formula samples when they knew I was planning to bf and had encouraged me to bf. The receptionist asked to see the cooler, opened it, then handed it back to me and said she had no idea why they gave it to me. Then she asked if I was going to be going back to work. I said I'd be going back to school, and she said maybe I could use it to store pumped milk.

When I had my first major appt this time, in another state, with a midwifery pracitce, I was given a bag of stuff, various pamphlets and whatnot. In that packet was a little booklet on bf published by Medela, with a sample of lanolin and nursing pads. While I've got some issues with them using Medela to teach women to bf (when Medela has an interest in getting women not exactly to bf, but to pump), I will say that this is an incredibly far cry from my previous practice.




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Registered: 06-17-2007
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 2:40pm

I know how that is. They'll pry my milk glass out of my cold, dead hands. On the upside, I have fabulous Vitamin D levels and pregnancy and nursing does not seem to have negatively affected my teeth. ;-)




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Registered: 03-29-2010
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 2:51pm
Awesome post, ITA. Especially love the 2nd paragraph.

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