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. The Department of Health and Human Services has since responded, saying the U.S delegation was advocating for a variety of feeding options because some women are unable to breastfeed. But in 2015, Texas passed a law mandating that public employers (like cities, counties and school districts) give breastfeeding moms breaks and provide a private space for them to pump during the workday other than a "multiple user bathroom".
The original WHO resolution "does not in any way 'deny access to infant formula, ' " said Aunchalee Palmquist, an assistant professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health and the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"Though Ecuador withdrew its support for the resolution, Russian delegates took up its sponsorship, and the measure passed, amended partially by the USA in two ways: "language was removed offering World Health Organization support for nations trying to stop 'inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children", and the phrase "'evidence-based" was added to some provisions about advertisements supporting breastfeeding.
While the HHS department's reasoning independently makes sense, all mothers definitely can not breastfeed for various reasons, it should be noted the resolution did not make it necessary to do so.
Additionally, a study in The Lancet found that universal breastfeeding could prevent 800,000 child deaths per year. Starting infants out on a substitute in a maternity ward can make breastfeeding more hard for mothers later.
Many countries, including USA now, abide by the International Code on Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes. It was eventually sponsored by Russian Federation, which, the Times reported, did not receive similar opposition from the United States.More news: Puerto Ricans prepare as storm nears Caribbean
The booklet states that companies that have policies that support nursing mothers also gain from lower turnover rates and higher productivity. One section called on governments to "protect, promote and support breastfeeding", which they wanted taking out.
She says health leaders worry that as long as the formula industry is trying to make money, there is a change for false health information to be spread. Millions of infants have safely consumed formula for decades. Now, this is a complicated issue that my childless man brain is simply not qualified to opine on, so here is Republican #NeverTrump operative Liz Mair to explain why access to formula is important.
But the popularity of breastfeeding can cut into sales of infant formula manufacturers, and companies who produce formula have a long history of interfering in worldwide affairs to promote formula over breastfeeding at the expense of infant health. 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.
In addition to the trade threats, an Ecuadorean government official told the Times the USA threatened to withdrawal military support from northern Ecuador, where violence from boarding Colombia causes ongoing issues.