Trump blasts 'failing NY Times' over report on 'opposition' to breastfeeding measure

Trump blasts 'failing NY Times' over report on 'opposition' to breastfeeding measure

"We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore". Ecuador backed down, and at least a dozen countries avoided the resolution out of fear of retaliation by the United States.

A New York Times piece published on Sunday about the purported opposition to breastfeeding by the the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, is stoking controversy.

What happened was tantamount to blackmail.

In the end, the Americans' efforts were mostly unsuccessful. Though the USA was able to get Ecuador to drop the resolution, delegates from Russian Federation later introduced it with only minor concessions made to the US delegation's position.

The State Department would not answer the Times' questions.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, in an email to the Times, defended the administration's stance. It simply acknowledges the scientific consensus that breastfeeding is the healthiest option for infants, and works to regulate infant formula manufacturers so that they are not lying to consumers.

'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'.

It remains puzzling as to why the liberal media blame US protections of formula companies, as even The Times had to note: "Although lobbyists from the baby food industry attended the meetings in Geneva, health advocates said they saw no direct evidence that they played a role in Washington's strong-arm tactics".

The US$70 billion industry, which is dominated by a handful of US and European companies, has seen sales flatten in wealthy countries in recent years, as more women embrace breastfeeding.

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The Americans did not threaten Moscow as they did Ecuador and other countries, according to the Times. The U.S. provides about 15 percent of WHO's budget, at $845 million. The editors then again accused the Trump administration of siding with "corporate interests". It also pushed, successfully, to get statements supporting soda taxes removed from guidelines for countries dealing with skyrocketing obesity rates.

American officials told Ecuador - which was planning to adopt the measure - that if it didn't drop it, Washington would rope it into the trade war and cut back on military aid.

Government doctors and scientists have long called attention to the health benefits of breastfeeding, both in economically advanced countries and developing nations.

Between 21 and 26 May 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) held their 71st World Health Assembly, which is attended by delegates from all WHO member state and serves as that organization's primary decision-making body.

Dr. Gretchen Goldman, research director with the Union of Concerned Scientists, concluded that the Trump administration's attempts to block the breastfeeding resolution "goes against the science and doesn't bode well for the baby food/formula industry's influence on the upcoming dietary guidelines process".

According to the Times, an anodyne and scientifically sound pro-breastfeeding resolution was expected to be approved easily.

But U.S. officials tried to remove language from the resolution that called on governments to "protect, promote and support breastfeeding", according to reporter Andrew Jacobs.

In a 2011 deposition, he became enraged when lawyer Elizabeth Beck asked for a break to pump breast milk for her infant daughter.

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