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President Trump denies USA opposition to World Health Organization breastfeeding resolution

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Patty Aguilar | 12 July, 2018, 18:54

He said his report is based on interviews with more than a dozen participants in the talks, and "many of whom requested anonymity because they feared retaliation from the United States".

In addition to the trade threats, an Ecuadorean government official told the Times the USA threatened to withdrawal military support from northern Ecuador, where violence from boarding Colombia causes ongoing issues.

Ecuador was set to introduce a resolution based on that research, but as more than a dozen global representatives confirmed to the Times, American delegates threatened the smaller nation with cuts to military aid and reduced trade deals if they went forward with the proposal.

"Malnutrition and poverty are the precise settings where you absolutely do need to breastfeed, because that's the setting where access to safe and clean water for reconstituting powdered formula is often impossible to find", Dr. Michele Barry, director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health in the Stanford School of Medicine, told The New York Times in response to Trump's tweet.

But then the United States stepped in and took the side of infant formula manufacturers.

Many women are scared to go back to work because they worry they won't get support, said McKenze Ocampo, a mother of three and a leader with La Leche League of Greater Dallas, an organization that provides breastfeeding information and support groups.

The resolution that was unanimously adopted by the World Health Assembly, and supported by the US delegation, clearly stated its aim to support, protect and promote breastfeeding and good nutrition for infants and young children based on effective, evidenced based interventions.

Mothers breastfeeding their children.

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

"I nursed my own sons and I encourage other moms to continue this natural practice, which has been essential to human health since the dawn of time". The main problem is that in countries where safe drinking water is hard to obtain, mixing dry formula with local water can provoke diarrhea or other illnesses that kill babies.

"The existence of infant formula is not in question here". Dr. Colleen A. Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, has said that "the decision to breastfeed is not a lifestyle choice, it's a critical decision for infant welfare".

The United States tried to halt the resolution by pressuring Ecuador, which initially sponsored it, by dropping out.

It remains puzzling as to why the liberal media blame US protections of formula companies, as even The Times had to note: "Although lobbyists from the baby food industry attended the meetings in Geneva, health advocates said they saw no direct evidence that they played a role in Washington's strong-arm tactics". Ecuador had planned to introduce the breast-feeding resolution, according to the Times. Utah reported the highest breastfeeding rate - 94 percent - while just over half of MS mothers said they had tried to breastfeed their children. Oddly, the United States let Russian Federation propose the breastfeeding resolution it bullied Ecuador about.

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