U.S. threatens nations over world breastfeeding resolution, shocking health officials

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Shonn Brown, a Dallas attorney who has worked in employment law, says most employers already have policies on breastfeeding.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby's life, followed by breastfeeding plus other appropriate, nutritious foods thereafter.

The State Department would not answer the Times' questions.

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.

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President Donald Trump sent out a tweet on Monday criticizing a New York Times article that said his administration pressured less wealthy countries not to propose a resolution encouraging breastfeeding. "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.

The resolution as originally drafted placed unnecessary hurdles for mothers seeking to provide nutrition to their children.

However, the US was successful in removing language that said the World Health Organization would support countries trying to stop "inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children". The ad shows an image of Mary breastfeeding the baby Jesus alongside the words "If It Was Good Enough for Jesus ... Neither is the availability of infant formula", said Sullivan. And every two years, more or less, there's been new resolutions that actually bring everything up-to-date and make sure that what the governments are doing is on target to meet scientific and marketing developments. So. The company also reported paying $50,000 in early 2018 to the Washington DC food-and-ag outfit the Russell Group to lobby Congress and the US Department of Agriculture on "matters related to federal food and nutrition policy, including those impacting infant formula". However, they faced no such threats as Ecuador from the United States.

They also sought to hinder World Health Organization efforts to provide lifesaving medications to undeveloped countries. The percentage of babies ever being breastfed was above 88% in all of those countries, reaching above 99% in Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

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In 2007, almost 74 percent of USA women said they had ever breastfed, according to results from the CDC's National Immunization Survey. "It's supposed to move pretty smoothly because all of this work has been done in advance", she said.

Lactation is tricky terrain, particularly for women in the workplace, who must find the time and space to pump breast milk with certain frequency or risk their supply drying up.

Breastfeeding can come with short- and long-term benefits for both mom and baby, especially in low-income settings, Palmquist said.

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". "It is also bad for the multibillion-dollar global infant formula (and dairy) business, '" Ed Pilkington reports for The Guardian.

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