Join Date: Nov 2005
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Have you been shopping at Motherhood, Mimi Maternity, or Pea in a Pod?
They're awful and sell their customers' information to formula companies. I had a fight with a salesgirl at Motherhood about not giving her my info. It was ugly and I wrote a letter to the company after the incident. I never heard from them but I will NOT buy anything from any of those stores. It's evil to undermine nursing for profit.
Ph.D. Mama to Anaiah born 10/06/07 and Mathias born 11/14/09 and Wife to my cocoa puff DH.
My Cup Runs Over Daily!
Giving away free formula to new mothers completely undermines breastfeeding. There is a very ugly history of formula companies explicitly waging campaigns to get women to formula feed. In many developing countries, Nestle and other companies pay women to dress as "nurses" and give new moms "free" samples. Moms become convinced that this is easier or better and then poof their supplies are gone and there's no more free formula. Babies starve. They become poisoned from dirty water. Their immune systems suffer and they become more prone to infections.
It is not benign. They are not complimentary. There is an explicit profit motive and many babies around the world have died because of these tactics. I really suggest you read up on this issue.
Jumping in from Nov DDC...
There was a poll here a while back and it looked like moms who'd filled out surverys saying "I'm only going to BF" got innundated with samples and coupons while those who said they'd FF got almost nothing.
I have been one of the ones noting who FF's and giving them my checks and coupons. I've gotten some full sized samples and vouchers for $5 and even a few for $15 off formula! : Crap, I'm glad to not need that!
I know exactly how you feel. I was ready to throw the similac away with my last pregnancy and just laughed at it until....I didn't produce milk and my baby was starving and we needed something to feed him. I was grateful it was there. I was also very appreciative of all the people who gave me all their formula when their milk came in and passed on all the large dollar off cupons. You can just pass it on to someone in need.
It's all good....for someone.
Mom to DS(14), DS(12), DD(9), DS(6), DS (4), and DS(2)
I got the case o' formula too. I donated mine to a charity on our military base. I didn't want to risk having it in the house because that helped lead to the demise of breastfeeding with my last baby. They sent me home with those oh-so-convenient ready to feed bottles and I caved in the middle of the night after I thought I wasn't satisfying her.
Did anyone see the pamphlet in the case? it had one tiny little part about breastfeeding and the rest was about how awesome formula is and close to breastmilk (WHATEVER!!). And its convenience was shoved down your throat too.