Trumps weighs in on breastfeeding debate, defends formula

Trumps weighs in on breastfeeding debate, defends formula

The resolution ended up passing, though the US did succeed in getting the language altered slightly.

When U.S. efforts to water down the measure failed, the delegates reportedly threatened Ecuadorian delegates with retaliatory trade measures and said the U.S. would withdraw military aid unless the country withdrew the measure.

The Food and Drug Administration, American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and other leading health professional organizations recognize that infant formula is the safest, most nutritious, and only recommended feeding option for babies who do not receive breast milk.

However, as the New York Times' resident Trump Whisperer Maggie Haberman highlighted, while "calling out" the report, Trump actually confirmed its contents.

The Infant Nutrition Council of America is an association of manufacturers of infant formulas, follow-up formulas or growing up milks; members are Abbott Nutrition, Gerber Products Company, Perrigo Nutritionals and Reckitt Benckiser. They found no impact, except under one condition: In communities that lack clean water, access to formula raised infant mortality by 9.4 per 1000 births-essentially, the availability of formula "led to more bad water getting to infants", he said.

Eventually, Russia introduced the resolution, and the U.S. was unable to blunt the measure, although its delegation successfully struck language calling for the worldwide health body to provide technical support for nations seeking to stop "inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children", and added the phrase "evidence based" to certain provisions, the Times reported.

Other media outlets picked up the story of the Trump administration versus breastfeeding mothers.

Mr. Trump said the country "strongly supports" breastfeeding, but the issue the US representatives had was with denying access to formula. "Infant formula is the only safe, nutritious feeding option for babies who can not or do not receive breast milk". "They should be equally supported with information and access to alternatives for the health of themselves and their babies". "Even though I've argued with USA politicians and they say it didn't happen, it definitely happened", she said.

Only 4 Days in, China-US Trade War Escalates
However, in a statement this morning the Chinese ministry of commerce hit back, saying: " China is shocked by U.S. behaviour". The move comes only days after the USA imposed $ 34 billion worth of tariffs on goods imported from Beijing .

The Times notes a 2016 series in the Lancet in which researchers estimated that universal breastfeeding could spare the lives of 823,000 children each year and save $302 billion in economic losses.

In the course of one week in July, baby formula monopolies exposed that the drive for capitalist profits kills infants, and the Trump gang showed how an imperialist regime serves these monopolies - or tries to - whatever ruthless means it takes.

The New York Times alleges the U.S. attempted to browbeat others countries into dropping the resolution.

The resolution was passed when it was introduced by Russian Federation, but the United States did successfully strike out language calling for World Health Organization support to nations trying to prevent "inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children", and added the phrase "evidence based" to certain provisions.

The resolution, sponsored by the Ecuador, encouraged governments to oppose marketing that claims baby formula is better for babies than breastfeeding.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency involved in modifying the resolution, told The Times the agency wasn't involved in the threatening of other countries.

"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'".

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