Liberal Media Attack Trump for Being 'Against' Mothers Who Nurse Their Babies

US turned to threats to fight breast-feeding resolution report

Eventually, Russia introduced the resolution, and the USA was unable to blunt the measure, although its delegation successfully struck language calling for the global 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. Russian Federation stepped forward to sponsor the measure, and the U.S. didn't fight back against it. In 2016, a proposal was discussed that would extend bans on marketing formulas and other supplemental nutrition.

For a recent paper, University of California, Berkeley, economist and public-health expert Paul Gertler. and a team of colleagues looked at infant mortality rates in low- and middle-income countries, comparing regions that had access to infant formula to regions that didn't.

The intensity of USA opposition to the measure shocked public health officials and diplomats, marked a stark contrast from the Obama administration's support of the World Health Organization (WHO)'s position on breast-feeding.

So the administration is trying to end maternity coverage, birth control access, reproductive rights., and now breastfeeding?

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

What WHO and UNICEF should do now, after decades of modestly successful efforts to curb the risky use of baby formula, is to push for a global treaty: a Framework Convention on Formula Control modeled on WHO's successful Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). "You just can't expect similar outcomes between breastmilk and formula". "[Pharmaceutical companies] make a lot more money if they can add nutrients and additives and health claims on a product, put it in a plastic-type container and sell it".

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This is not an atypical approach for some anti-formula activists. Mother cows have been heard calling for their stolen babies for days after they've been separated.

The risk of reliance on formula is so concerning that the World Health Organization opposes distributing formula even in emergency settings, such as wars, or natural disasters.

The United States tried to stop a pro-breastfeeding resolution at the United Nations, but ultimately failed.

The U.S. stance on the health issue was enough to draw heated reaction from a number of progressive-leaning websites. According to UNICEF, "an exclusively breastfed child is 14 times less likely to die in the first six months than a non-breastfed child". Describing radical anti-formula efforts as "encouragement of breastfeeding", as media reports did, is extremely tendentious.

According to a now-viral report from The New York Times, American delegates took issue with a number of clauses in the breastfeeding recommendations, and threatened to impose trade measures and withdraw military aid if Ecuador refused to eliminate certain passages from the resolution.

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".

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