New York Times: U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials
An article in July 2018 by Andrew Jacobs in the New York Times revealed that a resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered last spring in Geneva for the World Health Assembly. Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children, and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes. However, the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations. In the end, despite few threats to some delegation, the Americans’ efforts were mostly unsuccessful. It was noted that the intensity of Trump administration opposition to the breast-feeding resolution stunned public health officials and foreign diplomats who described it as a marked contrast to the Obama’s administration, which largely supported WHO longstanding policy of encouraging breast-feeding.
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