Twenty-Four Oklahoma Hospitals To Encourage Breastfeeding

Tuesday, August 28th 2012, 12:02 pm
By: News On 6

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

The Associated Press contributed to this story.