US Stance on Breastfeeding Resolution Questioned

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When contacted for a comment, the Department of Health and Human Services said the US stance was in support of mothers who can not breast-feed for various reasons. Under pressure from the infant formula industry, USA officials threatened retaliatory trade and military measures if Ecuador moved forward, according to the Times.

President Donald Trump went after the New York Times today over a report on the United States' opposition to a U.N. resolution on breast-feeding. It was only when Russian Federation introduced the resolution that American officials backed off.

Eventually, Russia introduced the resolution, and the U.S. was unable to blunt the measure, although its delegation successfully struck language calling for the worldwide health body to provide technical support for nations seeking to stop "inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children", and added the phrase "evidence based" to certain provisions, the Times reported.

According to Trump himself, the account was just more "fake news" from the "failing" New York Times.

President Trump responded by pointing out that his Administration is not anti-breastfeeding but in favor of giving women more choice-an exquisitely Trumpian way of co-opting the left's script. Caitlin Oakley, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, added in a statement that women who can't breastfeed should not be "stigmatized", but rather "equally supplied with information". I mean, it's really been a problem in - around the world to have misleading marketing suggesting that substitutes are as good as mother's milk.

For instance, "mothers who must return to work shortly postpartum face enormous challenges in establishing lactation and continuing to breastfeed as recommended", she said. It touted the benefits of breastfeeding in its response, saying that it estimates that about 820,000 child lives would be saved every year if all infants under the age of six months were breastfed.

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The main concern isn't whether breastfeeding should be supplemented with formula, but what happens when formula becomes a substitute for breast milk entirely.

Mothers breastfeeding their children. But the US reportedly threatened the country with punitive trade measures and a cut to military aid if it did not drop the proposal. "Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty". "Neither is the availability of infant formula", said Sullivan. They are growing desperate, because in wealthier countries, especially in the United States, more mothers, for various reasons, are choosing to breastfeed and buying less formula.

"The existence of infant formula is not in question here".

While the US delegates largely went along with the crowd two years ago, they made sure the resolution was only "welcomed" at the World Health Assembly, as opposed to "endorsed".

These reports shocked physicians and public health advocates in the United States and around the world and stood in stark contrast to decades of infant and maternal research and guidelines.

But the popularity of breastfeeding can cut into sales of infant formula manufacturers, and companies who produce formula have a long history of interfering in global affairs to promote formula over breastfeeding at the expense of infant health. Perez-Escamilla is also a scientific adviser to World Health Organization on the topic of breastfeeding.