USA tries to bully World Health Organization into dropping breast-feeding resolution

USA tries to bully World Health Organization into dropping breast-feeding resolution

USA tries to bully World Health Organization into dropping breast-feeding resolution

But more than a dozen participants from several countries-most requesting anonymity out of fear of U.S. retaliation-told the Times that the American officials surprised health experts and fellow delegates alike by fiercely opposing the resolution.

The Trump administration has forced the South American country to back down over its support for breastfeeding at the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly in May, The New York Times reports.

We're told the USA threatened Ecuador with punishing trade measures and the removal of military aid.

Flynn wasn't buying the president's claims in his Tweet, "Of course, no one is saying that if you don't breastfeed, you don't have access to formula".

The State Department declined to comment.

According to Trump himself, the account was just more "fake news" from the "failing" New York Times. The resolution was expected to pass easily, but US delegates aimed to remove language that encouraged countries to "protect, promote and support breast-feeding" in an alleged alignment with baby formula manufacturers. "Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty", Trump tweeted Monday.

The Times characterized the dispute at the World Health Assembly as "the latest example of the Trump administration siding with corporate interests on numerous public health and environmental issues". "It was supposed to go to the floor, and then Ecuador pulled it and it was very confusing", said Zehner, adding that other countries were approached about putting it forward but refused, apparently because they were scared.

"Ecuador always endorsed all resolutions on breastfeeding that have been adopted in the past in the framework of the World Health Organization (WHO), the last, last month of May, was approved by consensus and had the support of the delegation Ecuadorian meeting". Additional research suggests breastfeeding offers some protection to women against breast and ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis later in life.

"The formula industry is a multi-billion dollar industry", said Sullivan. The specific part of the resolution with which Americans officials reportedly took issue was the language that called on governments to "protect, promote and support breastfeeding", as well a passage that asked policymakers to no longer promote food that could have detrimental effects on the health of young children. Many of them, however, asked to remain anonymous because they fear US retaliation.

Experts have linked breastfeeding to many health benefits because of the disease-fighting antibodies it offers babies.

The New York Times, meanwhile, published a piece that painted America as a bully. Russian Federation ultimately sponsored the resolution and the American delegation did not issue any threats to the country.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which was the lead agency for the these negotiations, did not speak directly to the accusation of threats.

At the same assembly, US leaders sided with the pharmaceutical industry and fought unsuccessfully against an effort to help poor countries get access to lifesaving medications.

'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'.

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