Many hospitals around the country are discontinuing providing new mothers with free formula when discharged. This seems to have been sparked by a campaign by the advocacy group Public Citizen. The reasoning is that it discourages young mothers from breast feeding. But if free samples are provided by the companies who make formula and the young mothers have difficulty breast feeding, why are the hospitals making the decision not to pass it on? We have had many young mothers coming into the Pregnancy Help Center asking for free formula and the only formula we have is what has been donated. The makers of formula will only provide samples to hospitals, doctors' offices and the food bank. Shouldn't the decision of what's best for the child and mother be made by the mother and not an advocacy group?
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The Pregnancy Help Center opened its doors in July 1986, It was founded by a group of concerned citizens in the Fort Worth community who saw a need to provide information and counsel to women experiencing unplanned pregnancies. Today, the PHC ministers to the whole woman, her children and her family. Through our various programs, PHC endeavors to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the women in our community.