US President Donald Trump defends his administration’s decision to oppose a World Health Organization (WHO) resolution to encourage breastfeeding. But in a Twitter message, he said the US representatives voted against the resolution because it called for limiting the promotion of formula milk, not to oppose breastfeeding.
A Sunday article in the New York Times states that US delegates to an annual WHO meeting in Geneva in May sought to remove a passage from a resolution on infant and young child feeding that invited states members to “protect, promote and support” breastfeeding.
The Americans would have put pressure on Ecuador so that the country will give up proposing the resolution, and Russia will take over. The sentence was finally approved and appears in the document available today online.
The United States also supports breastfeeding
“The New York Times article on breastfeeding needs to be denounced,” Donald Trump tweeted on Monday.
The United States strongly supports breastfeeding, but we believe that women should not be denied access to formula.
Donald Trump, President of the United States
He adds that “many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty”.
The State Department called “false” the idea that Washington has threatened a partner country. A diplomatic official, however, agreed that the US believed that “the resolution, as originally drafted, called on states to create barriers for mothers who want to feed their children.”
“All mothers can not breastfeed, for a variety of reasons,” adds the manager.
Ecuador, meanwhile, said it had fought to pass the resolution. “We have never succumbed to special or commercial interests or any other kind of pressure,” said Minister of Health Veronica Espinosa.
The WHO has been promoting exclusive breastfeeding for years for up to six months, and partial breastfeeding for up to two years or more, particularly in poor countries, where women breastfeed more often than developed nations.
The baby formula market is huge and was worth $ 47 billion in 2015, according to Euromonitor International. It is dominated by a few groups, especially American, and is growing strongly.
Henry Toffoli was born and raised in Mobile. Henry has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Tuscaloosa News in the Times-Journal. As a journalist for Alabama Post Gazette, Henry covers national and international developments.