Trump slams NYTimes for fake news on USA role in breastfeeding proposal

Breastfeeding basics for mom and baby

Mr. Trump said the country "strongly supports" breastfeeding, but the issue the USA representatives had was with denying access to formula.

Ecuador, for example, withdrew its sponsorship for the project after the United States threatened to punish the country with harsh trade measures and retract military aid funding for backing the measure.

The showdown over the issue was recounted by more than a dozen participants from several countries, many of whom requested anonymity because they feared retaliation from the United States. She points out in a tweet that, on the one hand, Trump is calling reports of the administration's opposition to the measure "fake news", while at the same time confirming that the administration opposes the measure. At first, the U.S. delegates attempted to simply dilute the pro-breastmilk message, voiding language that called for governments to "protect, promote, and support breastfeeding" and limit promotion of competing baby food products that experts warn can be harmful.

When breastfeeding mothers feed their babies exclusively with formula, they quickly stop producing breast milk, making it impossible to revert back.

The US State Department has refused to comment on the report. "They should be equally supported with information and access to alternatives for the health of themselves and their babies". He said that plenty of other research suggests breast feeding is healthier for kids and mothers alike.

For instance, "mothers who must return to work shortly postpartum face enormous challenges in establishing lactation and continuing to breastfeed as recommended", she said.

The Infant Nutrition Council of America and its members have always shared the goal of supporting and promoting the benefits of breastfeeding; however, many parents can not or choose not to breastfeed.

There may be nobody as vulnerable to manipulation as a mother anxious about her child's health.

"In a statement to the Times, the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency that led the push to water down the resolution, argued that the original text would have 'placed unnecessary hurdles for mothers seeking to provide nutrition to their children, '" Max Greenwood writes for The Hill. Most of the sources requested anonymity because they feared retaliation from US officials.

Aware of this growing aggressiveness, World Health Organization tried to get agreement for a standard resolution to promote breastfeeding in member countries and to continue to limit false advertising of the formula monopolies. This is why the Infant Nutrition Council of America supports the final World Health Assembly resolution, which acknowledges the need for a sound science and evidence-based approach to infant and young child nutrition, and clearly supports and promotes the benefits of breastfeeding.

News of the combative approach within the World Health Assembly mirrored the Trump administration's posture toward other key global bodies.

In third world countries, there is an added danger to babies from using infant formulas, which require water added, because 'levels of infectious disease are high and access to safe water is poor, ' a 2015 report from UNICEF found.

Those risks include creating the formula precisely as instructed, storing it safely and cleaning and sanitizing bottles so the infant doesn't get sick. Perez-Escamilla is also a scientific adviser to World Health Organization on the topic of breastfeeding.

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