Canadian breastfeeding advocates alarmed by US opposition to United Nations resolution

Trump administration threatened Ecuador over its support of breastfeeding resolution

Trump administration threatened Ecuador over its support of breastfeeding resolution

The Times reported that the US effort this spring during the United Nations -affiliated world health meeting was largely unsuccessful and that most of the original wording remained.

The United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly in Geneva this spring became the scene of a surprising showdown, as the US battled with other nations over a resolution supporting the use of breast milk, the New York Times reported Sunday.

"The failing NY Times Fake News story today about breast feeding must be called out", Trump tweeted.

Sterken says she was encouraged by how strongly many countries resisted the US bid, and she praised Canada for doing its part to champion breastfeeding initiatives. Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty, ' he wrote on Twitter on Monday. The U.S. officials, according to the Times, first tried to remove language from the resolution that called on nations to "protect, promote and support breast-feeding".

In a statement sent to the NYT, the Department of Health and Human Services said the resolution "placed unnecessary hurdles for mothers seeking to provide nutrition to their children".

A spokesperson for HHS told the Times, "We recognize not all women are able to breast-feed for a variety of reasons".

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, the lead agency in negotiations on the resolution, defended the US opposition to the measure, saying that it would impede women's access to vital baby formula when breastfeeding is not an option.

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World Health Organization representatives when those initiatives were first introduced by a delegation from Ecuador, the New York Times reported on 8 July 2018.

An Ecuadorian official said that his government did not anticipate the harshness of America's response.

The showdown over the issue was recounted by more than a dozen participants from several countries, many of whom requested anonymity because they feared retaliation from the United States.

The State Department declined to respond to questions, saying it could not discuss private diplomatic conversations.

The baby formula industry, which is dominated by US and European companies, has seen stagnant sales in wealthy countries in recent years as breastfeeding becomes more common.

American officials sought to water down the resolution....

Health officials who had advocated for the resolution in favor of breast milk were shocked, they said. Infant formula companies "use aggressive, clandestine and often illegal methods to target mothers in the poorest parts of the world to encourage them to choose powdered milk over breastfeeding", the report said. Overall, global sales are expected to rise by 4 per cent in 2018, according to Euromonitor, with most of that growth occurring in developing nations.

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