No, The Trump Administration Didn't Oppose Breastfeeding At WHO
10 July, 2018, 16:01 | Author: Orlando Hughes
Health advocates had trouble finding another sponsor who did not fear USA "retaliation". Proponents of the resolutions then struggled to find a new sponsor, as more than a dozen countries feared retaliation.
"The failing NY Times Fake News story today about breastfeeding must be called out". 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 Guardianobserved: "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", Trumptweeted Monday.
The Russian delegation eventually stepped in to introduce the measure, with no push-back from the U.S.
A New York Times report claimed USA officials fought against language that all governments should "protect, promote and support breastfeeding". They reportedly told Ecuador, who planned to introduce the resolution, that if it didn't drop the proposal, the US would punish the nation with trade measures.
In a statement sent to the NYT, the Department of Health and Human Services said the resolution "placed unnecessary hurdles for mothers seeking to provide nutrition to their children".
HHS spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley said in a statement responding to the account of the resolution that the USA "has a long history of supporting mothers and breastfeeding around the world and is the largest bilateral donor of such foreign assistance programs".
"We recognise not all women are able to breastfeed for a variety of reasons". "They should be equally supported with information and access to alternatives for the health of themselves and their babies".
Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.
An Ecuadorian official said that his government did not anticipate the harshness of America's response.
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The State Department would not answer the Times' questions.
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".
Ecuador, which was slated to introduce the resolution, was the first country targeted by American officials. Of course, it is in line with the general attitude of the United States, which has earlier opposed taxes on sugared drinks and attacked changes in licensing law proposed to deliver life-saving medicines in poor countries. Taking a break from being an all-purpose bogeyman, Russia, we're told, saved the day and the United States was thwarted.
The World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva.
Research has shown that mother's milk contains far more nutrients that are necessary for a baby's health than infant formula.
The 2016 discussion was about extending the ban of marketing food supplements to children as old as three years of age.
The United States suggested a shorter and more streamlined resolution that encouraged promoting exclusive breastfeeding as well as global initiatives to encourage breastfeeding in hospitals.
Abbott Laboratories, the Chicago-based company that is one of the biggest players in the US$70 billion baby food market, declined to comment.
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