USA puts fierce squeeze on breastfeeding policy, shocking health officials

Trump administration threatened Ecuador over its support of breastfeeding resolution

US tries to bully WHO into dropping breast-feeding resolution

The Trump administration's attempts to "water down" the resolution, as well as its threats to withdraw aid from nations that supported it, also provide further evidence of the White House's "contempt for the health and well-being of Americans and people throughout the world", Sanders argued. Ecuador backed down, and at least a dozen countries avoided the resolution out of fear of retaliation by the United States.

"The failing NY Times Fake News story today about breast feeding must be called out", the president tweeted. In fact, the WHO Code is primarily concerned with the misleading marketing of such products in ways that explicitly discourage breastfeeding as a choice, especially within poor communities, as The Guardian observed: "Formula promotion is a particular issue in poorer countries because there is a higher risk of pneumonia and diarrhoea for babies, and with a lack of access to healthcare mothers are less informed about the benefits of breastfeeding". "Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty".

But the Russian delegation eventually stepped in and introduced the measure without any threats from the American officials, the Times reports.

The U.S. delegation attempted, unsuccessfully, to derail a resolution on the topic of breastfeeding at the World Health Organization's annual meeting in May, The New York Times reported over the weekend.

USA officials allegedly threatened to withhold military aid and to impose trade sanctions on that Latin American country if it did not drop the resolution.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency involved in modifying the resolution, told The Times the agency wasn't involved in the threatening of other countries.

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"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 New York Times, meanwhile, published a piece that painted America as a bully. Starting infants out on a substitute in a maternity ward can make breastfeeding more hard for mothers later. Ecuador quickly dropped its support for the resolution.

The confrontation was the latest example of the Trump administration siding with corporate interests on numerous public health and environmental issues.

They also sought to hinder World Health Organization efforts to provide lifesaving medications to undeveloped countries. Nevertheless, the U.S. delegation sought to wear down the other participants through procedural maneuvers in a series of meetings that stretched on for two days, an unexpectedly long period.

The move reflected the United States government's championing of the $US70 billion ($94 billion) baby formula industry - mainly based in the USA and Europe.

Elisabeth Sterken, director of the Infant Feeding Action Coalition in Canada, said four decades of research have established the importance of breast milk, which provides essential nutrients as well as hormones and antibodies that protect newborns against infectious disease. A 2016 study found that "the deaths of 823,000 children and 20,000 mothers each year could be averted through universal breastfeeding, along with economic savings of $300 billion [USD]".

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