No, The Trump Administration Didn't Oppose Breastfeeding At WHO

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Trump administration threatened Ecuador over its support of breastfeeding resolution

The U.S. strongly supports breast feeding but we don't believe a woman should be denied access to formula.

The Times reported that the USA delegation embraced the interests of infant-formula manufacturers. The United States and many countries around the world now abide by the International Code on Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes, a health policy framework for promoting breastfeeding adopted in 1981.

Then the Russians stepped in and introduced the measure in Ecuador's stead.

USA officials fought to remove phrases calling for governments to "protect, promote and support breastfeeding" and a section calling on lawmakers to tighten regulations on the promotion of products that experts say have harmful effects on children.

According to Trump himself, the account was just more "fake news" from the "failing" New York Times.

"The United States was fighting to protect women's abilities to make the best choices for the nutrition of their babies", she said.

Breast milk can change to meet a child's needs. "It's supposed to move pretty smoothly because all of this work has been done in advance", she said. The World Health Organization promotes breastfeeding as a health measure to save the lives of babies and improve their nutrition.

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 U.S. leaders fought unsuccessfully to deprive poor countries access to life-saving medication and were able to get statements supporting the removal of soda taxes from guidelines of the countries struggling with increasing obesity rates. Starting infants out on a substitute in a maternity ward can make breastfeeding more hard for mothers later.

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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.

"A Russian delegation stepped in to right a wrong perpetrated by the Trump administration, as United Nations and WHO officials offered no resistance to USA demands supporting big business at the expense of infant health", reads its lede.

The Times says baby food industry lobbyists attended the meetings but health advocates said they saw no direct evidence that they influenced the Americans' threats. Millions of infants have safely consumed formula for decades. "Neither is the availability of infant formula", said Sullivan.

At the same assembly, US leaders sided with the pharmaceutical industry and fought unsuccessfully against an effort to help poor countries get access to lifesaving medications.

Noting that the United States position aligned with infant formula manufacturers, the paper cited the case as an example of the Trump administration siding with corporate interests on public health and environmental issues.

News of the combative approach within the World Health Assembly mirrored the Trump administration's posture toward other key worldwide bodies.

"The formula industry is a multibillion-dollar industry", said Sullivan.

"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'".

UNICEF and World Health Organization also recommend exclusive breastfeeding from within an hour of birth until the baby is 6 months old.

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