Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Trump Administration Opposes Major Breastfeeding Resolution

US turned to threats to fight breast-feeding resolution report ThinkStock
Celia Hoffman | 12 July, 2018, 13:18

The Infant Nutrition Council of America has supported this non-partisan position since 2016, working with both the Obama and Trump administrations.

'The failing NY Times Fake News story today about breast feeding must be called out.

"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 USA pressure.

Between 21 and 26 May 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) held their 71st World Health Assembly, which is attended by delegates from all WHO member state and serves as that organization's primary decision-making body.

The resolution also called on world governments to crack down on marketing which says that substitute baby formulas are better and to 'protect, promote, and support breastfeeding'.

Meanwhile, reactions have been rolling in on Twitter since The New York Times report was released on Sunday, mostly criticizing the Trump administration for selling out to corporate interest.

American officials told Ecuador - which was planning to adopt the measure - that if it didn't drop it, Washington would rope it into the trade war and cut back on military aid.

"It was very bureaucratic and complicated and in the end, the USA largely failed to change the resolution", Jacobs added.

The resolution was expected to pass easily, backed by decades of research.

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Then, when those attempts failed, the US delegation reportedly intimidated the country, Ecuador, initially sponsoring the resolution with trade threats, resulting in Ecuador dropping out.

"We were astonished, appalled, and also saddened", Patti Rundall, the policy director of the British advocacy group Baby Milk Action, told the Times.

She says health leaders worry that as long as the formula industry is trying to make money, there is a change for false health information to be spread.

But more than a dozen participants from several countries-most requesting anonymity out of fear of USA retaliation-told the Times that the American officials surprised health experts and fellow delegates alike by fiercely opposing the resolution.

At the same assembly, USA leaders sided with the pharmaceutical industry and fought unsuccessfully against an effort to help poor countries get access to lifesaving medications. Health and Human Services spokespeople repeatedly denied the allegation.

The resolution as originally drafted placed unnecessary hurdles for mothers seeking to provide nutrition to their children.

Noting that the USA 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.

'We recognize not all women are able to breastfeed for a variety of reasons.

The State Department official said the United States works "to identify common cause when possible and does not shy away from expressing its disagreement when necessary".

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