What Does Trump Have Against Breastfeeding? - Cortney O'Brien

What Does Trump Have Against Breastfeeding? - Cortney O'Brien

What Does Trump Have Against Breastfeeding? - Cortney O'Brien

As for the Trump team's push to stop the World Health Assembly from advising women to breastfeed and calling out misleading marketing of substitutes, Berkeley's Gertler said he was "deeply disgusted" by the revelation.

The New York Times reported Sunday that American delegates at the World Health Assembly threatened to withdraw military and economic aid if other countries sponsored a measure to protect breastfeeding.

An global resolution promoting breastfeeding was at the center of negotiations between delegates from the United States and other countries during this year's meeting of the World Health Assembly (the decision-making body of the World Health Organization), held in the spring. In the end, the Times said, the Russians stepped in to introduce the measure - and the final resolution preserved most of the original wording.

"The failing NY Times Fake News story today about breastfeeding must be called out", the president tweeted.

RT reached out to the WHO about the New York Times report, with a spokesperson stating that the organization is "not in a position to comment on exchanges between different delegations" at the assembly.

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. "It's supposed to move pretty smoothly because all of this work has been done in advance", she said. It touted the benefits of breastfeeding in its response, saying that it estimates that about 820,000 child lives would be saved every year if all infants under the age of six months were breastfed.

He added that although the group didn't find negative effects on infant mortality on populations with clean water, that "doesn't mean there's no difference between breast milk and formula".

"The issues being debated were not about whether one supports breastfeeding", she said. Starting infants out on a substitute in a maternity ward can make breastfeeding more hard for mothers later. "It simply reflects the fact that corporate sales are more important to the US administration than the well-being of women and children", said Cesar Victora, a specialist in child health and nutrition in Brazil. They were the only country to vote against it in 1981.

While Ecuador had plans to introduce the initiative, the country later chose to drop it after the USA reportedly issued threats of economic retaliation. These are situations during which it has been common to solicit formula donations for the affected countries, says Maaike Arts, an early childhood nutrition specialist with UNICEF.

But the popularity of breastfeeding can cut into sales of infant formula manufacturers, and companies who produce formula have a long history of interfering in worldwide affairs to promote formula over breastfeeding at the expense of infant health. "The Trump administration takes a bold stance against mother's milk", a New Republic headline read.

Those risks include creating the formula precisely as instructed, storing it safely and cleaning and sanitizing bottles so the infant doesn't get sick.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, the lead agency in negotiations on the resolution, defended the USA opposition to the measure, saying that it would impede women's access to vital baby formula when breastfeeding is not an option. Perez-Escamilla is also a scientific adviser to World Health Organization on the topic of breastfeeding.

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