U.S. Delegates Opposed an International Resolution That Supported Breastfeeding

US turned to threats to fight breast-feeding resolution report

US turned to threats to fight breast-feeding resolution report

The resolution at the World Health Assembly in Geneva in May was aimed at promoting breastfeeding.

President Trump on Monday blasted the "failing NY Times" for reporting that his administration opposed a pro-breastfeeding measure at the United Nations -tied World Health Assembly, claiming the problem was the resolution's limits on promoting formula.

A broad scientific consensus backs those assertions. What is at stake: breastfeeding saves women and children's lives. Such companies have lobbied to have their product included among in the essential recommendations given by hospitals or health care personnel to new mothers. Some delegates even reportedly threatened to cut its contribution to the World Health Organization. Since the 1980s, governments, non-governmental organizations, and corporations have been limited from marketing formula for infants six months of age and younger.

Sterken says she was encouraged by how strongly many countries resisted the USA bid, and she praised Canada for doing its part to champion breastfeeding initiatives. "The formula [served] as a vector for bad water".

The State Department meanwhile described as "false" the notion that Washington had threatened a partner country.

The main concern isn't whether breastfeeding should be supplemented with formula, but what happens when formula becomes a substitute for breast milk entirely. He said that plenty of other research suggests breast feeding is healthier for kids and mothers alike.

Officials at the assembly this spring were shocked by the Trump administration's reaction to the resolution and support for infant formula manufacturers, but perhaps they shouldn't have been.

The Times reported that the USA effort this spring during the United Nations -affiliated world health meeting was largely unsuccessful and that most of the original wording remained.

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The US$70 billion industry, which is dominated by a handful of US and European companies, has seen sales flatten in wealthy countries in recent years, as more women embrace breastfeeding. "Over all, global sales are expected to rise by 4 percent in 2018, according to Euromonitor, with most of that growth occurring in developing nations".

"We need a government willing to counter misinformation from the baby food and formula industry, not one that caters to it", Goldman wrote on Twitter.

In the end, the United States was largely unsuccessful.

The New York Times, meanwhile, published a piece that painted America as a bully. Abbott reported that it had lobbied Congress on "Proposals regarding infant nutrition marketing".

Patti Rundall, policy director for Baby Milk Action, told the Times that "We were astonished, appalled and also saddened".

"With respect to news published in the United States on this date, the Public Ministry reiterates that Ecuador maintains its public policy of promoting and protecting breastfeeding without variation as the exclusive food for newborns up to 6 months", a statement by the Ecuadorean health ministry said Monday reacting to the report and denying backing off from the resolution under US pressure.

"We all started talking about it at the conference", said Dr. Mitchell. "Neither is the availability of infant formula", said Sullivan.

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