US threatens nations over world breastfeeding resolution, shocking health officials


Then, when those attempts failed, the USA delegation reportedly intimidated the country, Ecuador, initially sponsoring the resolution with trade threats, resulting in Ecuador dropping out.

GREENE: So could we start by just - if you could, tell me why this resolution was so important. Some delegates even reportedly threatened to cut its contribution to the World Health Organization. The report said the U.S. delegation was also unsuccessful at defeating a different measure on access to medicines.

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"WHO recommends breastmilk as the best source of nourishment for infants and young children".

"The issues being debated were not about whether one supports breastfeeding", she said.

Despite having one of the lowest breastfeeding initiation rates among industrialized countries - it ranked 26th, according to the latest available data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - breastfeeding rates in the US improved nationwide and in almost every state between 2007 and 2016, according to the latest available CDC data.

"A breastfeeding mother must pump her milk as often as the baby usually eats", writes the United States Breastfeeding Committee, a nonprofit based in Chicago.

The Times said Ecuador was slated to introduce the World Health Assembly breastfeeding resolution, but after the USA threatened to "unleash punishing trade measures and withdraw crucial military aid", it "quickly acquiesced".

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"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", a spokesperson said in an email.

US delegates pushed for removal of resolution language calling on governments to "protect, promote and support breast-feeding." .

The health benefits of breastfeeding for mothers include lowered risk for obesity, diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases. "Neither is the availability of infant formula", said Sullivan.

Pensa Branco, who says she was part of a group that reviewed and provided feedback on the initial United Nations proposal, says there's nothing to stop Ottawa from bringing in its own version of the original resolution, which include greater limits to how breast milk substitutes are marketed. To extend the life of the formula, the baby's caregiver is tempted to add more water, and the thinned-out drink is inadequate to nourish the baby. However, they faced no such threats as Ecuador from the United States. They were the only country to vote against it in 1981. The percentage of babies ever being breastfed was above 88% in all of those countries, reaching above 99% in Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. In order to make informed nutrition decisions for their infants, parents have the right to access accurate information on appropriate and safe feeding options.

"There are major political, economic and social factors that shape breastfeeding patterns in global settings", Palmquist said. Among the myriad issues discussed at these annual meetings are policies and initiatives related to infant nutrition, breastfeeding, and breast milk substitutes, topics that gained prominence in the Assembly in the 1980s. The World Health Assembly's concern about misleading promotion of infant formula is also grounded in fact. "We must do everything we can to advocate for public policies that support and empower breastfeeding moms, '" he continues.

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

Scientists are loath to carry out double-blind studies that would provide one group with breast milk and another with breast milk substitutes.

"We recognize not all women are able to breastfeed for a variety of reasons".