In an effort to encourage breastfeeding, Rhode Island birthing hospitals have stopped giving out formula to new moms. The Rhode Island Health Department contends that breastfeeding is better for the health of the mother and the child. Not to mention that it’s easier on the planet and much less expensive.
The move by the state's seven birthing hospitals over the past decade was believed to make Rhode Island the first state in the nation to eliminate distribution of free packs of formula, except when medically necessary.
"We always support efforts to encourage breast-feeding," said Annemarie Beardsworth, a health department spokeswoman.
Human breast milk is, by virtue of evolution, perfectly suited for humans. Babies were born to be breast fed. Breast milk has over 200 components needed for early life and kids that are breast fed are much less likely to be obese later on and more likely to have higher IQs.
Breast feeding is beneficial for the baby because breast fed babies, in addition to allergies, are less likely to be plagued with ear infections, gas, constipation, asthma, obesity, and high blood pressure later in life.
It’s better for mothers because it helps them to lose weight and it’s been shown to reduce the risk of certain kinds of cancers, namely breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Breastfeeding is the most natural means of getting your baby the best possible start and it’s undoubtedly the lowest impact method of providing for your little one.