ok, I am still not onboard here.
If we think that there is a possibility that formula samples discourage or endanger or shorten the length of possible bfing... wouldn't their existence probably mean more WIC mothers using formula, which would be more expensive to taxpayer as that is a lot of formula - not just one sample??
and marketing costs are absolutely included in the price of the product.
Here's a picture of the samples that go in Breastfeeding vs. Formula feeding discharge bags http://citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=5390
End users are paying for samples in the breastfeeding bags, maybe a lot go unused or expired, get thrown out (yes, I know there are better options like giving it away or donating)? I have a big problem with samples in the "breastfeeding bags," I mean, come on, have some respect for the woman's choice!! I don't have any problem with people wanting samples getting them. I don't know hospitals are the best avenue for this. I also agree with PP that it would be nice if hospitals would deal with this, I do think they have a lot of responsibility here.
I believe other products are in bags too? diaper sample? would removing that one or several diapers significantly increase the $ taxpayers need to pay to cover other social assistence programs for mothers who are using that money to cover diapers?