USA threatened nations over breastfeeding resolution

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USA threatened nations over breastfeeding resolution

Their efforts were unsuccessful, so, according to media reports, the USA reportedly "threatened" any country that supported the resolution, including Ecuador and several South American and African countries.

US delegates pushed for removal of resolution language calling on governments to "protect, promote and support breast-feeding." . Ecuador had planned to introduce a resolution which encouraged breastfeeding - but they suddenly backed out, because the USA reportedly said it would impose damaging trade restrictions and cut military aid if it went through with the measure.

When the Trump administration failed to convince member states to water down the language about breastfeeding and formulas, it resorted to threats, according to The New York Times.

Noting that the U.S. position aligned with infant formula manufacturers, the paper cited the case as an example of the Trump administration siding with corporate interests on public health and environmental issues.

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With more mothers in developed nations turning to breastfeeding, the Third World is regarded as a potential growth market for infant formula companies.

A New York Times report claimed United States officials fought against language that all governments should "protect, promote and support breastfeeding".

Experts have linked breastfeeding to many health benefits because of the disease-fighting antibodies it offers babies. But in regard to this particular event, the President tweeted that "The U.S. strongly supports breast feeding but we don't believe women should be denied access to formula". Breastfeeding is critical for mothers here and in developing countries, where formula mixed with unclean water supplies can be unsafe for babies.

Of course, if ratified, the industry would shrink like an unmilked breast (fun fact: the free formula sample bag given in many hospitals includes an ice-pack to help stop milk flow in new mothers).

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Trump argues his administration supports breastfeeding but also wants women to have access to formula.

President Trump responded by pointing out that his Administration is not anti-breastfeeding but in favor of giving women more choice-an exquisitely Trumpian way of co-opting the left's script. Caitlin Oakley, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, added in a statement that women who can't breastfeed should not be "stigmatized", but rather "equally supplied with information". Millions of infants have safely consumed formula for decades.

The US eventually relented and the resolution passed largely in its original form.

Efforts to further promote breastfeeding initiatives in 2018 were met, reportedly, with unexpected hostility from U.S. She attended the meeting, and said the resolution "was really just reaffirming policies that are already in place and calling on countries to implement them". When that largely failed, the US turned to threats-demanding that Ecuador's delegation refrain from introducing the bill as planned or be targeted with trade measures and cuts to military aid, the Times reports. The Ecuadorean government quickly acquiesced. If all children under six months were exclusively breastfed, World Health Organization said it thinks "about 820,000 child lives would be saved every year".

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