Many US hospitals stop giving free baby formula

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found three out of four hospitals provided free formula in 2007. Those numbers dropped to one in three in 2013.

ATLANTA — Many hospitals in the U.S. are not giving free baby formula to nursing mothers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found three out of four hospitals provided free formula in 2007. Those numbers dropped to one in three in 2013.

Data was collected through a survey completed by nearly 3,000 hospitals. The CDC says free formula discourages moms from nursing.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast-feeding for the first six months.

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