Is the Trump Administration at War with Breastfeeding?

US turned to threats to fight breast-feeding resolution report


The effort failed, but the USA delegation was accused of favoring the interests of formula companies over the health of children when it objected to that seemingly mild language as well as restrictions on marketing breast-milk substitutes to mothers. The baby formula industry's profits have stalled in the USA and other developed countries as more and more women have become aware of the health benefits of breast milk. In defense of formula and its makers, the United States also reportedly threatened Ecuador with trade sanctions in retaliation for advancing the resolution.

"The Trump Administration believes it's a public health priority that women and their families have all the information to decide how to appropriately deliver nutrition to their children, whether it is via breastfeeding or other methods", an HHS spokesman said. It was only when Russian Federation introduced the resolution that American officials backed off.

For instance, "mothers who must return to work shortly postpartum face enormous challenges in establishing lactation and continuing to breastfeed as recommended", she said. "These women should have the choice and access to alternatives for the health of their babies, and not be stigmatized for the ways in which they are able to do so". In addition, universal breastfeeding could save $300 billion in reduced health care costs and improved economic prospects for children. "Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty", Trump wrote.

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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. Most of the sources requested anonymity because they feared retaliation from US officials.

These reports shocked physicians and public health advocates in the United States and around the world and stood in stark contrast to decades of infant and maternal research and guidelines.

The New York Times says the United States threatened Ecuador and other small countries with trade and military repercussions, but it provides no evidence to support the claim outside of anonymous sources. That's great for mothers, and bad for manufacturers of baby formula.

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"The existence of infant formula is not in question here".

Humans are mammals. Therefore, they can breastfeed their offspring, and they should. 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". At the same Assembly, U.S. Representatives "succeeded in removing statements supporting soda taxes from a document that advises countries grappling with soaring rates of obesity".

In addition to the trade threats, an Ecuadorean government official told the Times the US threatened to withdrawal military support from northern Ecuador, where violence from boarding Colombia causes ongoing issues. Similar approaches have been successful in refugee camps, for instance, as well as in post-earthquake Ecuador-which is one of only 23 countries where more than 60% of children under six months are exclusively breastfed.

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