Trumps weighs in on breastfeeding debate, defends formula

Hugh Fox
July 10, 2018

Maggie Haberman, a White House reporter for the Times, noted in a tweet on Monday that after calling the newspaper's report false, Trump confirmed its central premise: that his administration opposed the resolution.

A report in a prominent US newspaper Sunday said the United States bullied and threatened nations in an effort to water down a World Health Assembly resolution supporting breastfeeding.

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

On Twitter, Mr Trump "called out" the Times and said the "US strongly supports breastfeeding".

While Ecuador had plans to introduce the initiative, the country later made a decision to drop it after the US reportedly issued threats of economic retaliation. A Department of Health and Human Services spokesman told the Times the initial version of the resolution "placed unnecessary hurdles for mothers seeking to provide nutrition for their children".

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"Many women are not able to breastfeed for a variety of reasons, these women should not be stigmatized", Oakley added in the statement. "These women should have the choice and access to alternatives for the health of their babies, and not be stigmatised for the ways in which they are able to do so".

American officials told Ecuador - which was planning to adopt the measure - that if it didn't drop it, Washington would rope it into the trade war and cut back on military aid. It simply acknowledges the scientific consensus that breastfeeding is the healthiest option for infants, and works to regulate infant formula manufacturers so that they are not lying to consumers.

An Ecuadorian official said that his government did not anticipate the harshness of America's response.

The Times characterized the dispute at the World Health Assembly as "the latest example of the Trump administration siding with corporate interests on numerous public health and environmental issues". Of course, it is in line with the general attitude of the USA, which has earlier opposed taxes on sugared drinks and attacked changes in licensing law proposed to deliver life-saving medicines in poor countries.

The World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva.

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Russian Federation sponsored a compromised version of it after two days of negotiation.

The United States tried to stop a pro-breastfeeding resolution at the United Nations, but ultimately failed. Breastfeeding rates vary by country, but two out of three infants worldwide are not breastfed for the recommended six months and this rate has not improved in several decades, according to a WHO, UNICEF and International Baby Food Action Network report from 2016.

In a 2011 deposition, he became enraged when lawyer Elizabeth Beck asked for a break to pump breast milk for her infant daughter.

And breastfeeding 'saves lives, protects babies and mothers against deadly diseases, and leads to better IQ and educational outcomes, ' according to a May report from UNICEF.

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