U.S. threatened nations over breastfeeding resolution

U.S. threatened nations over breastfeeding resolution

U.S. threatened nations over breastfeeding resolution

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 United Nations World Health Assembly this spring officials from the United States held up a resolution created to promote breastfeeding by attempting to remove specific language according to the New York Times.

The Times story, from reporter Andrew Jacobs, details how what was initially thought to be a non-controversial resolution, aimed at promoting breastfeeding, allegedly resulted in the USA making threats to cut trade and withdraw some military aid from Ecuador.

"Formula is the same that you give a newborn infant as you're giving a one-year-old, and human milk is a attractive, amazing, diverse, biological substance that changes every minute of the day for the child", said Dr. Mitchell.

President Trump tweeted that it is a "Fake News story" that "must be called out".

On Twitter, Mr Trump "called out" the Times and said the "US strongly supports breastfeeding". "Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty", Trump tweeted Monday.

The Trump administration has denied claims that it attempted to strongarm government officials from other countries into watering down the World Health Organisation's resolution to protect and promote breastfeeding.

In 1981-the height of a massive controversy over Nestlé's aggressive marketing of formula to mothers in poor countries-the "availability of formula" resulted in approximately 66,000 infant deaths in areas with bad water, they found.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, in an email to the Times, defended the administration's stance.

"We recognize not all women are able to breastfeed for a variety of reasons", it added, saying they should have "full information about safe alternatives".

The resolution had been expected to be approved "quickly and easily", the newspaper said. Additional research suggests breastfeeding offers some protection to women against breast and ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis later in life.

"At the same time, powerful lobby groups have been working to curtail government legislation regulating formula marketing and promotion, in the Philippines and across the world", the Guardian reported.

Breastfeeding has always been touted as the preferred source of food for infants, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agreeing that babies who are breastfed have reduced risks of asthma, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, ear and respiratory infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Patti Rundall, the policy director of the British advocacy group Baby Milk Action, told The Times that what occurred was "tantamount to blackmail, with the US holding the world hostage and trying to overturn almost 40 years of consensus on best way to protect infant and young child health".

The showdown over the issue was recounted by more than a dozen participants from several countries, many of whom requested anonymity because they feared retaliation from the United States.

Health advocates had trouble finding another sponsor who did not fear US "retaliation".

And if the report is true, he said that this incident suggests that when countries do not fall in line with USA policy, "they are going to go after them and penalize them economically for doing that".

After this period of confusion, Russian Federation actually ended up introducing a resolution about breastfeeding.

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