Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

Trump says US had opposed formula limits, not breastfeeding

Trump says US had opposed formula limits, not breastfeeding

In those situations, Philipp said, mothers and babies need a safe alternative.

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

With the financial interests of infant-formula manufacturers as its purported motivation, the US delegation at a meeting of the United Nations -affiliated World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva in May tried to weaken a widely supported resolution calling for governments to support breast-feeding, the New York Times' Andrew Jacobs reports.

The resolution was expected to pass in spring at a meeting of the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Breast milk is linked to lower risks for children for everything from neurological development problems to diabetes.

According to the report, the delegation fought against elements in the resolution that would have demanded member states "protect, promote and support breast-feeding" and restrict potentially unsafe infant foods.

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

These companies have killed millions of babies over decades by aggressively promoting their baby formula. That's according to a report in The New York Times.

US opposition to the resolution ended, however, when Russian Federation introduced the measure.

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

Health advocates had trouble finding another sponsor who did not fear USA "retaliation". Ecuador backed down, and at least a dozen countries avoided the resolution out of fear of retaliation by the United States.

"We are upset that the democratic processes that should kick in at the WHA, and have kept the WHA true to its constitutional mandate, were absent", said Patti Rundall, the policy director of the International Baby Food Action Network, a global advocacy group, the News Deeply reported. The US delegates took issue with the nature of the recommendation, and threatened Ecuador with trade measures and the withdrawal of aid if the resolution was not amended. Most of the sources requested anonymity because they feared retaliation from US officials.

The resolution sought to curb false advertisement of breast milk substitutes as better options and asked governments to publicly encourage breastfeeding, which has been proven to be healthier for the child's growth.

A spokesman from the US Department of Health and Human Services told the Times that the original resolution "placed unnecessary hurdles for mothers seeking to provide nutrition to their children".

Breast milk is better than formula and reduces infant mortality and morbidity.

"Many women are not able to breastfeed for a variety of reasons, these women should not be stigmatized", Oakley added in the statement.

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".

Research has shown that mother's milk contains far more nutrients that are necessary for a baby's health than infant formula. Starting infants out on a substitute in a maternity ward can make breastfeeding more hard for mothers later.

"And now the U.S. Gov is against breastfeeding in favor of formula companies", a DailyKos story blared.

A 2016 study by The Lancet, one of the world's most prestigious medical journals, found breastfeeding could prevent 80,000 child deaths a year globally.

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