U.S. threatened nations over breastfeeding resolution

U.S. threatened nations over breastfeeding resolution

It remains puzzling as to why the liberal media blame US protections of formula companies, as even The Times had to note: "Although lobbyists from the baby food industry attended the meetings in Geneva, health advocates said they saw no direct evidence that they played a role in Washington's strong-arm tactics". At first, the U.S. delegates attempted to simply dilute the pro-breastmilk message, voiding language that called for governments to "protect, promote, and support breastfeeding" and limit promotion of competing baby food products that experts warn can be harmful. But in 2015, Texas passed a law mandating that public employers (like cities, counties and school districts) give breastfeeding moms breaks and provide a private space for them to pump during the workday other than a "multiple user bathroom". "The Ecuadorean government quickly acquiesced", the Times reported.

The United States is disputing a newspaper report that it bullied and threatened nations in an effort to water down a World Health Assembly resolution supporting 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.

Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations.

"The issues being debated were not about whether one supports breastfeeding", HHS spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley said in a statement. 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".

Russian Federation finally introduced the measure.


President Donald Trump sent out a tweet on Monday criticizing a New York Times article that said his administration pressured less wealthy countries not to propose a resolution encouraging breastfeeding.

Pensa Branco, who says she was part of a group that reviewed and provided feedback on the initial United Nations proposal, says there's nothing to stop Ottawa from bringing in its own version of the original resolution, which include greater limits to how breast milk substitutes are marketed.

But research has long shown that breastfeeding is the best way to nourish an infant, boost their immune system, prevent them from being sick or becoming overweight or obese and forge bonding between mother and child. "Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty", Trump tweeted. Of course, it is in line with the general attitude of the United States, which has earlier opposed taxes on sugared drinks and attacked changes in licensing law proposed to deliver life-saving medicines in poor countries.

NPR could not independently confirm that the USA threatened Ecuador or any other country over this resolution.

RT reached out to the WHO about the New York Times report, with a spokesperson stating that the organization is "not in a position to comment on exchanges between different delegations" at the assembly.

"What the World Health Organization is trying to do is help women achieve their own breastfeeding goals, and unfortunately those goals conflict with goals of the dairy industry", Stuebe said.

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