Trump slams anti-breastfeeding claims

Trump slams anti-breastfeeding claims

Details of the standoff were revealed in a New York Times report that said the USA forced Ecuador, the resolution's sponsor, to drop the proposal.

USA officials made threats to Ecuador in an attempt to water down a resolution in support of breastfeeding, according to a report in The New York Times.

The Americans were blunt: If Ecuador refused to drop the resolution, Washington would unleash punishing trade measures and withdraw crucial military aid.

The pro-breastfeeding resolution would pass as drafted - the USA objections were unsuccessful - and The Times suggested it was due to the actions of "the Russians".

Moms Rising, a group trying to achieve economic security for mothers in the USA, called the American government's move "stunning and shameful", adding that "We must do everything we can to advocate for public policies that support and empower breastfeeding moms".

The State Department would not answer the Times' questions.

Mr. Trump said the country "strongly supports" breastfeeding, but the issue the USA representatives had was with denying access to formula.

US President Donald Trump has defended US efforts to reportedly undermine a World Health Organization (WHO) measure in support of breastfeeding.

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Caitlin Oakley, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said it's "patently false" to portray the USA position as "anti-breastfeeding".

The official said the United States "recognizes that breastfeeding and provision of breast milk is best for all babies", but also recognizes that "not all women are able to breastfeed for a variety of reasons".

"It harkens back to what we saw transpire with his tax bill-all signs of this administration show that they are protecting $1.5 trillion windfalls for corporations but then turn around and can't support programs beneficial for women and their families", she said. The World Health Organization states that "breastfeeding is so critical that it could save the lives of over 820,000 children under the age of 5 years each year".

The move reflected the USA government's championing of the $US70 billion ($94 billion) baby formula industry - mainly based in the U.S. and Europe. Starting infants out on a substitute in a maternity ward can make breastfeeding more hard for mothers later.

American officials sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to "protect, promote and support breast-feeding" and another passage that called on policymakers to restrict the promotion of food products that many experts say can have deleterious effects on young children. Women's health advocates, she said, have long promoted breastfeeding-and also supported women to choose the "option to do the best for them and their babies".

A Russian delegate told the New York Times that "the final resolution preserved most of the original wording". In a 2011 paper, US Department of Agriculture economists reported that three of those giants-Abbott, Mead Johnson, and Nestlé-own 98 percent of the US market-a figure echoed in a May 2018 New York Times Magazine exposé of black-market infant-formula sales here in the United States.

The U.S. stance on the health issue was enough to draw heated reaction from a number of progressive-leaning websites.

The newspaper said more than a dozen participants from different countries at the assembly confirmed the "showdown over the issue".

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