Ban the Bags, Louisiana! Let’s do it!
The LBC is building on efforts from Massachusetts and other states, like Oklahoma, who have launched campaigns to rid their hospitals of infant formula marketing. The LBC is encouraging all Louisiana birthing hospitals to Ban the Bags! Hospitals should market health, and nothing else.
What is Ban the Bags all about?
Ban the Bags is a national campaign to stop formula company marketing in maternity hospitals. The campaign grew out of efforts in Massachusetts to stop aggressive formula company marketing tactics in hospitals. Studies have shown that formula sales campaigns undermine mothers who choose to breastfeed, and co-opt medical professionals to promote expensive brand-name formula.
Public Citizen is also fighting to keep hospital obstetrics wards commercial-free: no more marketing of potentially harmful products to new moms. Along with over 100 other organizations, Public Citizen is calling on the over two-thirds of hospitals in the United States that distribute industry-sponsored formula samples to new moms to immediately stop this practice. And, they’re demanding that formula companies — primarily Big Pharma and Big Food corporations — stop this practice, which violates the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. A recent study showed that the vast majority of top-ranked hospitals in the U.S. have ended or substantially limited formula marketing to new mothers. Public Citizen issued a new report on June 17, 2014 highlighting successful initiatives to limit formula marketing in health care facilities. The report includes strategic approaches and case studies. To download this report, click here.
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Ban the Bags, Louisiana! Campaign
The Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition fully supports the Ban the Bags campaign and Public Citizen’s efforts to keep hospital obstetric wards commercial free. In November 2013, the LBC launched its Ban the Bags, Louisiana! Campaign. As part of the campaign, the LBC:
Ban the Bags, Louisiana! Tools/Resources
Fact Sheet (rev. 7/16/2014)
Talking Points (rev. 7/20/2015)
Ban the Bags Application (rev. 7/20/2015)- Birthing facilities must complete this application in order to receive designation as a Bag Free Facility or a Ban the Bags Champion by the LBC.
Check out our list of hospitals in Louisiana that have banned the bags!