United States puts fierce squeeze on breastfeeding policy, shocking health officials

Trump administration threatened Ecuador over its support of breastfeeding resolution

The United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly in Geneva this spring became the scene of a surprising showdown, as the US battled with other nations over a resolution supporting the use of breast milk, the New York Times reported Sunday. The resolution was expected to pass easily, but US delegates aimed to remove language that encouraged countries to "protect, promote and support breast-feeding" in an alleged alignment with baby formula manufacturers. The recommendation called on governments to "protect, promote and support breastfeeding", and also recommended limiting the promotion of "food products" - aka baby formula - to families with young children.

The New York Times reported using anonymous sources that the US had even threatened some countries that supported the resolution with punitive actions if they didn't withdraw support.

Russian Federation finally introduced the measure. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants should be fed breast milk exclusively for the first six months after birth.

Limiting inaccurate infant formula marketing is most necessary in some of the poorest parts of the world, according to a Guardian investigation published earlier this year in partnership with the global nongovernmental organization Save the Children.

"The issues being debated were not about whether one supports breastfeeding", Caitlin Oakley, national spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement.

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Forbes' report took the Times story to another level, pitting the Trump administration against moms and babies in favor of the USA dairy industry. "In fact, cows' milk is the No. 1 cause of allergies in babies and children, and it has been linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis".

World Health Organization representatives when those initiatives were first introduced by a delegation from Ecuador, the New York Times reported on 8 July 2018. Breastfeeding is critical for mothers here and in developing countries, where formula mixed with unclean water supplies can be risky for babies.

The report alleges that the United States threatened countries over the resolution, which eventually passed.

'These women should have the choice and access to alternatives for the health of their babies, and not be stigmatized for the ways in which they are able to do so'. Ecuador quickly dropped its support for the resolution. But a sustainable future will require certain industries - not just tobacco and fossil fuels, air travel and automobiles, even baby formula - to become much much smaller to sustain a population of nine billion human beings. A recent report found more than 800 violations of the World Health Organization's guidelines for marketing breastmilk substitutes in 79 countries between 2014 and 2017. Proponents of the resolutions then struggled to find a new sponsor, as more than a dozen countries feared retaliation.

But in the US, disparities in race, income and geography underscore the work that's left to do to support USA mothers who want to give their infants breastmilk. While the sales of baby formula have been flat in the West over the last few years, they were on the rise in developing countries.

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