Trump administration threatened tiny nation over breastfeeding

Trump administration threatened tiny nation over breastfeeding

The Times said Ecuador was slated to introduce the World Health Assembly breastfeeding resolution, but after the US threatened to "unleash punishing trade measures and withdraw crucial military aid", it "quickly acquiesced".

According to the Times, they also issued an ultimatum: If Ecuador didn't drop the resolution, Washington would withdraw military aid and issue punishing trade measures.

Then, when those attempts failed, the USA delegation reportedly intimidated the country, Ecuador, initially sponsoring the resolution with trade threats, resulting in Ecuador dropping out.

Health advocates sought to find another sponsor for the resolution, the Times reported, and Russian Federation eventually introduced the measure without threats from the U.S.

"The failing NY Times Fake News story today about breastfeeding must be called out", the president tweeted. That means Nestlé, based in Switzerland, and Abbott Laboratories, based in the United States, among others, have already contributed to millions of children's deaths on a worldwide scale.

But Trump said that the Times left out some crucial information: namely, that the administration supports breastfeeding, but that it doesn't want to limit women's access to formula when they need it.

A controversial passage apparently sought to strengthen enforcement and monitoring of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, which was originally adopted in 1981.

For instance, "mothers who must return to work shortly postpartum face enormous challenges in establishing lactation and continuing to breastfeed as recommended", she said.

Representatives from Nestlé, Abbott, Mead Johnson and Wyeth (now owned by Nestlé) were described as a constant presence in hospitals in the Philippines, where only 34% of mothers exclusively breastfeed in the first six months.

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She says a prolonged debate eventually resulted in a watered-down resolution that effectively undermined long-standing efforts to support mother's milk.

The difficulties that mothers face in breastfeeding have been well documented. While the sales of baby formula have been flat in the West over the last few years, they were on the rise in developing countries.

The original WHO resolution "does not in any way 'deny access to infant formula, ' " said Aunchalee Palmquist, an assistant professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health and the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Despite all that data, the USA has consistently lagged behind most high-income countries on both breastfeeding rates (only about half of American women are still breastfeeding at six months, as is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics) and the policies that help increase them, like paid maternity leave.

The administration also denied that US officials had threatened trade sanctions in the debate over the breastfeeding resolution. "Neither is the availability of infant formula", said Sullivan.

Even in case of orphaned babies, Arts says it is better to encourage wet nursing before resorting to formula.

"The existence of infant formula is not in question here".

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

"The formula industry is a multibillion-dollar industry", said Sullivan. The editors then again accused the Trump administration of siding with "corporate interests". Perez-Escamilla is also a scientific adviser to World Health Organization on the topic of breastfeeding.

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