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Donald Trump defends US position on baby formula

Donald Trump defends US position on baby formula

The resolution also called on world governments to crack down on marketing which says that substitute baby formulas are better and to 'protect, promote, and support breastfeeding'.

The US threatened Ecuador and other countries of withdrawing military support and trade retaliation so they would pull sponsorship.

A New York Times report claimed USA officials fought against language that all governments should "protect, promote and support breastfeeding". When that failed, they turned to threats.... Ecuador had planned to introduce the breast-feeding resolution, according to the Times.

An Ecuadorian official said that his government did not anticipate the harshness of America's response. Members of the delegation also suggested cutting U.S. funding for the World Health Organization. "What happened was tantamount to blackmail", she said.

"What happened was tantamount to blackmail, with the US holding the world hostage and trying to overturn almost 40 years of consensus on [the] best way to protect infant and your child health", Randall said.

In the end, the Americans' efforts were mostly unsuccessful.

But more than a dozen participants from several countries-most requesting anonymity out of fear of USA retaliation-told the Times that the American officials surprised health experts and fellow delegates alike by fiercely opposing the resolution.

The State Department would not answer the Times' questions.

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.

"The resolution as originally drafted placed unnecessary hurdles for mothers seeking to provide nutrition to their children", an HHS spokesman said in an email. "Many women are not able to breastfeed for a variety of reasons, these women should not be stigmatized; they should be equally supported with information and access to alternatives for the health of themselves and their babies".

The baby formula industry, which is dominated by US and European companies, has seen stagnant sales in wealthy countries in recent years as breastfeeding becomes more common.

Responding to Trump with a tweet of its own, the newspaper said, "Our report is accurate", and provided a link to its article.

Companies that sell baby formula generate $70billion annually, but those sales have been stagnant due to the increased popularity of breastfeeding.

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Ecuador's support for an global resolution backing breastfeeding has triggered U.S. threats of punitive trade measures and the axing of military aid.

During the deliberations, some American delegates even suggested the United States might cut its contribution to the World Health Organization, several negotiators said.

Officials also reportedly threatened to cut U.S. aid to the World Health Organization - over $118m (£89m) this year, which amounts to roughly 15% of the organisation's annual budget. The editors then again accused the Trump administration of siding with "corporate interests".

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.

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

Moms Rising, a group trying to achieve economic security for mothers in the USA, called the American government's move "stunning and shameful", adding that "We must do everything we can to advocate for public policies that support and empower breastfeeding moms".

Health officials who had advocated for the resolution in favor of breast milk were shocked, they said.

"It's making everyone very nervous, because if you can't agree on health multilateralism, what kind of multilateralism can you agree on?"

The Times reported yesterday that the U.S.

Sterken says she was encouraged by how strongly many countries resisted the USA bid, and she praised Canada for doing its part to champion breastfeeding initiatives.

Fearing retaliation, several other countries backed away from the measure as well, according to the report. However, U.S. officials tried for two more days to use procedural methods to stymie its ultimate adoption.

The United States also insisted that the words "evidence-based" accompany references to long-established initiatives that promote breastfeeding, which critics described as a ploy that could be used to undermine programs that provide parents with feeding advice and support. This includes providing essential nutrients, hormones, and antibodies to protect against disease.

A common argument promoted by the breast milk substitute industry frames the issue as one of access and choice.


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