Trump says United States had opposed formula limits, not breastfeeding

Trump says United States had opposed formula limits, not breastfeeding

Ecuador backed down, and at least a dozen countries avoided the resolution out of fear of retaliation by the United States.

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.

The New York Times reports US delegates even threatened the Ecuadorean government with punishing trade measures, convincing them to drop the resolution.

However, as the New York Times' resident Trump Whisperer Maggie Haberman highlighted, while "calling out" the report, Trump actually confirmed its contents.

The move reflected the United States government's championing of the $US70 billion ($94 billion) baby formula industry - mainly based in the U.S. and Europe. 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 recommendation called on governments to "protect, promote and support breastfeeding", and also recommended limiting the promotion of "food products" - aka baby formula - to families with young children.

Breastfeeding has always been touted as the preferred source of food for infants, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agreeing that babies who are breastfed have reduced risks of asthma, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, ear and respiratory infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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The breastfeeding advocate also went on to address a tweet by US President Donald Trump, in which he referenced the New York Times article as "fake news", stating that the US "strongly supports breastfeeding but we don't believe women should be denied access to formula". The code urges countries to stop the inappropriate marketing of formula and other substitutes as better for babies and aims to ensure breastmilk substitutes are used safely - according to the directions, without diluting the formula - when necessary.

He added that although the group didn't find negative effects on infant mortality on populations with clean water, that "doesn't mean there's no difference between breast milk and formula".

So the administration is trying to end maternity coverage, birth control access, reproductive rights., and now breastfeeding?

While Ecuador had plans to introduce the initiative, the country later chose to drop it after the USA reportedly issued threats of economic retaliation. "We recognize not all women are able to breast-feed for a variety of reasons". In war zones and during humanitarian crises, infant formula makes sense, said Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, an author and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, in this piece. But Russia rescued the resolution by stepping in and introducing it.

Caitlin Oakley, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said it's "patently false" to portray the US position as "anti-breastfeeding".

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency involved in modifying the resolution, told The Times the agency wasn't involved in the threatening of other countries.

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