There will be no more free infant formula for newborn babies in Mexico’s hospitals, a national health agency has ruled.
Cofepris, the Federal Commission for Protection Against Sanitary Risk, said the practice of giving away samples of baby formula to new mothers will be banned as a measure to encourage breastfeeding.
The ban applies to public and private hospitals and clinics.
The measure has been introduced in an effort to encourage more mothers to breastfeed. Just one in every seven Mexican mothers breastfeeds exclusively for the first six months after giving birth, one of the lowest levels in Latin America.
Six months of exclusive breastfeeding is the minimum period recommended by the World Health Organization, whose guidelines also suggest hospitals be restricted from giving away free formula.
Breastfeeding is believed to help lower the risk of obesity and breast cancer.
Source: Radio Fórmula (sp)