Trump Administration Opposes Major Breastfeeding Resolution

Trump Administration Opposes Major Breastfeeding Resolution

The Trump administration has forced the South American country to back down over its support for breastfeeding at the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly in May, The New York Times reports.

But the US reportedly did not object when Russian Federation stepped in to support the resolution, and it was approved.

"The failing NY Times Fake News story today about breast feeding must be called out", Trump tweeted.

USA officials fought to remove phrases calling for governments to "protect, promote and support breastfeeding" and a section calling on lawmakers to tighten regulations on the promotion of products that experts say have harmful effects on children. The threats reportedly occurred in May at the United Nations -affiliated World Health Assembly in Geneva.

In 1981, following controversy over Nestlé's aggressive marketing of infant formula, the World Health Assembly adopted the "International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes" aimed at limiting the inappropriate marketing or promotion of breast milk substitutes, which health officials fear are an inadequate replacement for breast milk and can serve to encourage mothers to stop breastfeeding.

American officials allegedly sought to remove the language pushing for global government support of breastfeeding practices and attacked countries that were in favour of it.

The report also noted the dilution ration must be correct or babies will suffer from malnutrition and the bottles must be adequately cleaned.

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.

Ecuador had planned to introduce the bill, but according to the newspaper, backed out after they were threatened with punishing trade measures and the withdrawal of U.S. military aid.

Ecuador capitulated and did as the Americans demanded, The Times reported.

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Patti Randall - who, as policy director of the British advocacy group Baby Milk Action, has attended meetings of the assembly - said the group was "astonished", "appalled" and "saddened" by the behavior of the USA delegates. Other nations didn't want to take it up afterwards, fearing "retaliation".

Patti Rundall, the policy director of the British advocacy group Baby Milk Action told the newspaper, "What happened was tantamount to blackmail, with the USA holding the world hostage and trying to overturn almost 40 years of consensus on the best way to protect infant and young child health".

Other wording that called for policy makers to restrict the promotion of food products that could potentially harm children also irked American delegates.

"The resolution as originally drafted placed unnecessary hurdles for mothers seeking to provide nutrition to their children", an HHS spokesman said in an email.

The Trump administration appeared to side with companies manufacturing infant formulas whose sales are threatened by women breastfeeding their newborns. "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".

The State Department declined to comment to the Times, saying it could not remark on private diplomatic discussions.

Research has shown that mother's milk contains far more nutrients that are necessary for a baby's health than infant formula.

What is at stake: breastfeeding saves women and children's lives. Their sales have increased, however, in developing countries.

US delegates pushed for removal of resolution language calling on governments to "protect, promote and support breast-feeding." .

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