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J Hum Lact. 2015 Feb;31(1):53-6. doi: 10.1177/0890334414553246. Epub 2014 Oct 6.

Eradicating reliance on free artificial milk.

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1
Division of General Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA srinivag@musc.edu.
2
Women's Care Service Line, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA.
3
Division of Neonatology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA.

Abstract

Hospitals that set forth to obtain Baby-Friendly Hospital designation often face considerable challenges in implementing the purchase of formula and supplies at a fair market rate as outlined in the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. Some of the challenges include difficulty tracking products in use and volumes used and obtaining pricing information from manufacturers of artificial milk. We report on our experience with assessing these factors, with an example of calculations used to arrive at fair market pricing, which might benefit other institutions seeking Baby-Friendly Hospital designation.

KEYWORDS:

Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative; WHO code; artificial infant milk; breastfeeding; formula purchase

PMID:
25288607
DOI:
10.1177/0890334414553246
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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