|I think a woman's decision to breastfeed goes way beyond free samples. If you really want to breastfeed you will give it all you've got, and probably know the facts. If you didn't start out with that commitment in mind, I think you'd be likely to go out and but formula free samples or no.
I think this is kind of a cold attitude. We're not just talking about some woman succeeding or failing at doing something she may or may not want to do. We are talking about a child's healthy
Most mothers do NOT "really want to and give it all they've got."
Those few mothers who do, will not be easily swayed. But the rest of the mothers need every little bit of encouragement and support that can be mustered.
If you take a woman who figures she might as well give breastfeeding a shot, and you surround her with support and information and help, and encouragement, you will likely end up with a dedicated breastfeeding mother.
If you take a woman who figures she might as well give breastfeeding a shot, and you surround her with formula ads, and inaccurate information, and all of the professionals and family members around her telling her to just give the baby a bottle of formula, and you will likely end up with a bottlefeeding mother.
So, you may say, well, it's her own fault for not learning more in the first place. Maybe so. But who suffers? The baby.
Let's do what we can to help babies get what they deserve.