Ban the Bags, Louisiana! Let’s do it!

What is Ban the Bags?

Ban the Bags is a national campaign that grew out of efforts in Massachusetts to stop aggressive formula company marketing tactics in maternity hospitals. Studies have shown that formula sales campaigns undermine mothers who choose to breastfeed, and co-opt medical professionals to promote expensive brand-name formula.

Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition • Ban the Bags

Visit to download a Tool Kit and learn why formula discharge bags really aren’t free and why they do more harm than good.

Public Citizen is also fighting to keep maternity hospitals commercial-free. Along with >100 other organizations, Public Citizen is calling on more than two-thirds of hospitals in the United States that distribute industry-sponsored formula samples to immediately stop this practice. And, they’re demanding that formula companies — primarily Big Pharma and Big Food corporations — stop this practice, which violates the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.  A 2013 study showed that the vast majority of top-ranked hospitals in the U.S. have ended or substantially limited formula marketing to new mothers. Public Citizen issued a new report on June 17, 2014 highlighting successful initiatives to limit formula marketing in healthcare facilities.  The report includes strategic approaches and case studies.  To download this report, click here.


Watch these videos to learn more about infant formula marketing:

Formula marketing in doctors’ offices and health clinics

In November 2013, the LBC launched its Ban the Bags, Louisiana! Campaign.  As part of the campaign, the LBC:

  • conducts outreach to hospitals to highlight important information about infant formula marketing
  • acknowledges Louisiana birthing hospitals as “Bag Free Facilities” or “Ban the Bags Champions” and,
  • provides resources and tools to birthing hospitals that want to take action

Letter to Hospital Leaders

Fact Sheet (rev. 7/16/2014)

Talking Points (rev. 7/20/2015)

Ban the Bags Application (rev. 7/20/2015)- Birthing facilities must complete this application in order to receive designation as a Bag Free Facility or a Ban the Bags Champion by the LBC.

32 out of 51 (63%) Louisiana hospitals are bag free!

Ban the Bags Champions

Bag Free Facilities


*This list was last updated on 8/16/2016