The Oklahoma State Department of Health says 24 hospitals, including two in Tulsa are participating in a pilot program and have agreed to stop sending free formula samples home with mothers.
The department says the "Ban the Bag" pilot program aims to increase breast-feeding rates in Oklahoma.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report finds that 71 percent of Oklahoma mothers tried breast-feeding -- below the national average of 77 percent.
Hospitals that already ban free samples include:
- Great Plains Regional Medical Center, Elk City
- Jackson County Memorial Hospital, Altus
- OU Medical Center, Oklahoma City
- OU Medical Center, Edmond
- St. Anthony Shawnee, Shawnee
- Weatherford Regional Hospital, Weatherford
The OSHD says hospitals that will be "bag-free" by the end of August include:
- Claremore Indian Hospital, Claremore
- Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Lawton
- Deaconess Hospital, Oklahoma City
- Duncan Regional Hospital, Duncan
- Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa
- INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City
- INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami
- INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center, Enid
- INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Regional Hospital, Yukon
- INTEGRIS Clinton Regional Hospital, Clinton
- INTEGRIS Grove Hospital, Grove
- INTEGRIS Health Edmond, Edmond
- INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, Oklahoma City
- Mercy Health - Ardmore, Ardmore
- Norman Regional Health System Moore Medical Center, Moore
- Norman Regional Health System HealthPlex Hospital, Norman
- St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City
- St. John Medical Center, Tulsa
The full CDC report is available at www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/reportcard.htm.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.