US averse to breast­feed­ing?

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

at the World Health Assem­bly recog­nis­ing decades of re­search that says breast milk is the health­i­est for ba­bies ran into trou­ble when the US tried to wa­ter it down. Amer­i­can of­fi­cials sought to re­move lan­guage that called on gov­ern­ments to "pro­tect, pro­mote and sup­port" breast­feed­ing, along with lan­guage call­ing on pol­i­cy­mak­ers to limit the pro­mo­tion of food prod­ucts, such as in­fant for­mula, that can be harm­ful to young chil­dren. When that failed, they turned to threats of ret­ri­bu­tion on trade and mil­i­tary aid, the New York Times re­ported, cit­ing over a dozen par­tic­i­pants on anonymity. Even­tu­ally, Rus­sia in­tro­duced the res­o­lu­tion, and the US was un­able to blunt the mea­sure. Lash­ing out at the "fake news story", Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tweeted the US "strongly sup­ports" breast­feed­ing but women should not be "de­nied ac­cess to for­mula".

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