US Meddles in Breastfeeding Resolution, Threatens Ecuador With Sanctions if it Sponsors

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

Pensa Branco, who says she was part of a group that reviewed and provided feedback on the initial United Nations proposal, says there's nothing to stop Ottawa from bringing in its own version of the original resolution, which include greater limits to how breast milk substitutes are marketed.

Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations.

Our commander-in-tweet could feel the outrage building, so he got mad online in return.

Patti Rundall, the policy director of the British advocacy group Baby Milk Action, said she was "appalled and also saddened" by the US government's alleged threats. Other countries appeared hesitant to back the resolution after seeing the USA threaten Ecuador. Given that Trump's entire governing style revolves around selling the entire federal bureaucracy to the highest bidder, it's hard to see this weird tirade at the United Nations as anything other than another episode of America's ongoing descent into full-blown kleptocracy. "It was Russian Federation that stepped in and introduced the resolution, but even then the US went around the sort of procedural norms and introduced a competing resolution which required sort of a two-day meeting to hammer out the differences between the resolutions", Jacobs told NPR.

Ecuador had planned to introduce the bill, but according to the newspaper, backed out after they were threatened with punishing trade measures and the withdrawal of United States military aid.

Trump wrote, "The U.S. strongly supports breast feeding but we don't believe women should be denied access to formula".

And if the report is true, he said that this incident suggests that when countries do not fall in line with US policy, "they are going to go after them and penalize them economically for doing that".

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A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defended the U.S. delegation's approach.

Noting that the U.S. position aligned with infant formula manufacturers, the paper cited the case as an example of the Trump administration siding with corporate interests on public health and environmental issues.

In third world countries, there is an added danger to babies from using infant formulas, which require water added, because 'levels of infectious disease are high and access to safe water is poor, ' a 2015 report from UNICEF found. "We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore". The Department of Health and Human Services has since responded, saying the U.S delegation was advocating for a variety of feeding options because some women are unable to breastfeed.

The US eventually relented and the resolution passed largely in its original form. However, the USA was successful in removing language that said the World Health Organization would support countries trying to stop "inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children". In the mother, breastfeeding decreases the risk of cancer, cardiovascular problems and type 2 diabetes, among many others.

As part of global nutrition targets, countries who are part of the World Health Organization have vowed to increase rates of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of life to at least 50 percent of mothers by 2025.

The New York Times report mirrored sweeping and unattributed claims from activist groups. Among the myriad issues discussed at these annual meetings are policies and initiatives related to infant nutrition, breastfeeding, and breast milk substitutes, topics that gained prominence in the Assembly in the 1980s.

The Times notes a 2016 series in the Lancet in which researchers estimated that universal breastfeeding could spare the lives of 823,000 children each year and save $302 billion in economic losses.

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