So now America is anti-breastfeeding?

By |2018-07-10T05:24:15+00:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , |11 Comments

Seriously, what is happening?

Courtesy of the NYT:

A resolution to encourage breastfeeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.

Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.

Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations.

American officials sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breastfeeding” and another passage that called on policymakers to restrict the promotion of food products that many experts say can have deleterious effects on young children.

When that failed, they turned to threats, according to diplomats and government officials who took part in the discussions. Ecuador, which had planned to introduce the measure, was the first to find itself in the crosshairs.

The Americans were blunt: If Ecuador refused to drop the resolution, Washington would unleash punishing trade measures and withdraw crucial military aid. The Ecuadorean government quickly acquiesced.

When I first read this I assumed there was just a disagreement with the language used or a misunderstanding. 

But then when I read about the punishing trade measures, I was stunned.

The fact that breastfeeding is seen as far superior to baby formula is a fact that was established well before my little girl was born, and that was over thirty years ago. 

So why in the hell would the US not be on the side of keeping babies healthy?

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  1. Anonymous July 9, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Trump blasts ‘fake’ NYT story on US opposition to breastfeeding measure

    …The measure was expected to be introduced by Ecuador. But the U.S. reportedly threatened the country with punitive trade measures and a cut to military aid if it did not drop the proposal.

    Health advocates sought to find another sponsor for the resolution, the Times reported, and Russia eventually introduced the measure without threats from the U.S.

    A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, the lead agency in negotiations on the resolution, defended the U.S. opposition to the measure, saying that it would impede women’s access to vital baby formula when breastfeeding is not an option.

    “The United States was fighting to protect women’s abilities to make the best choices for the nutrition of their babies. 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,” Caitlin Oakley said in a statement to The Hill.

    Maggie Haberman, a White House reporter for the Times, noted in a tweet on Monday that in calling the newspaper’s report false, Trump incidentally confirmed its central premise: that his administration opposed the resolution.

  2. Anonymous July 9, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Dem strategist: Trump admin taking part in ‘ultimate pay to play’ in breastfeeding resolution

    Democratic strategist Adrienne Elrod on Monday said the Trump administration is taking part in “pay to play” practices by opposing a World Health Assembly resolution to promote breastfeeding.

    “This is the ultimate ‘pay to play’ that we’re seeing from the Trump administration on something like breastfeeding,” Elrod, who served as the director of strategic communications for Hillary Clinton, told Hill TV’s Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.”

    “There are so many countries where they don’t have access to anything but a mother’s breast milk, which is the only way your baby’s going to get nutrition,” she continued.

    “We know that the trade association that represents … infant formula manufacturers is behind this,” she said.

    “Anytime that you think anything has happened in the Trump administration that can’t get any more extreme or crazier, something like this happens.”

    Elrod’s comments come after reports surfaced on Sunday that the U.S. turned to threats at the World Health Assembly in an effort to kill the resolution.

    The $70 billion baby formula industry is centered in the U.S. and Europe and has experienced decreased sales as more women turn to breastfeeding.

    The New York Times reported that the U.S. threatened to punish Ecuador, which planned to introduce the measure, by cutting military aid and implementing trade measures if it did not drop the resolution.

    The Hill has reached out to the State Department for comment.

    The Department of Health and Human Services denied to the Times it was involved in threatening Ecuador.

    HHS spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley said the opposition to the measure promoting breastfeeding was not based on an “anti-breastfeeding” stance.

  3. Anonymous July 9, 2018 at 10:03 am

    A large majority of women disapprove of President Trump’s job in office, according to a new Washington Post-Schar School poll seen on Hill.TV’s “What America’s Thinking.”

    Sixty-five percent of women polled said they disapproved of Trump’s job as president, while only 32 percent said they approved.

    The survey also found that the president was significantly more popular among men, with 54 percent of men saying they approved of Trump, while only 45 percent saying they disapproved.

  4. amom July 9, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Pure evil.
    They want to keep us women barefoot and pregnant all the while making the formula companies rich.
    Do they still believe that breastfeeding affords some contraception benefit? Is that their modus operandi? If so, I’m here to tell them that I got pregnant while nursing my first son when he was 6 months old….
    I hate what they are doing to our country and I hate even more that most people are NOT PAYING ATTENTION!

  5. Anonymous July 9, 2018 at 10:20 am

    1-Year-Old Baby Appears In Immigration Court, Cries Hysterically
    The judge said he was “embarrassed” to ask if the boy understood the proceedings.

  6. Anonymous July 9, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday took a hammer to President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, which he described as both “barbarous” and “diabolical.”

    Appearing on CNN, Inslee explained that he has had incredible difficulty getting even basic information from the Trump administration over how many immigrant children have been forcibly separated from their parents.

    “This has been a barbarous process from the beginning,” he said. “It has been a diabolical scheme and the president playing chess — you know, he’s sort of been willing to sacrifice a few pawns, which are these children — in his effort to, I guess, look as tough as he wants to be.”

    Inslee went on to trash the administration for giving him bogus information about the immigrant children — and he even suggested that the administration had no plans to ever reunite the children with their parents.

    “We are grossly dissatisfied with the government’s response,” he said. “They have given us nothing but inaccurate information. They’ve gone so far last week to suggest that they would consider just placing these children with foster parents, as a reunification plan.”

    The governor said that any “reunification” plan that did not involve bringing the children back to their biological parents would be “totally dissatisfactory.”

    Watch the video below.

  7. Dinty July 9, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    O/T. Palin possibly duped by Sasha Baron Cohen


    Sacha Baron Cohen at it again! This time for CBS/SHOWTIME. Lots of tricks played. Both Republicans and Democrats are getting caught up in the madness. Sacha has finked Cheney, Palin, Howard Dean, Alberto Gonzales, Bernie, Trent Lott, Patraeus, Ted Koppel, and more… BEWARE!
    12:21 PM – Jul 9, 2018

  8. whatevs July 9, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Remember this? Didn’t work out too well for Nestle – they are infamous as business ethics violator:

  9. whatevs July 9, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    “that it would impede women’s access to vital baby formula when breastfeeding is not an option”

    So are they going to make sure there is safe water to mix the formula with? that the mother will have access to formula for as long as the child needs it, once her milk has dried up due to the baby not nursing and drinking formula? even without the mother having the money to buy it?

    And remember, the US can’t even ensure that its own citizens in the US have safe water – see Flint, Michigan on that one.

  10. Anonymous July 9, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    The trump administration was against this because it had that icky word “breastfeeding” in the resolution.

    What I don’t get is why these countries don’t get together and tell trump to go to hell everytime he threatens trade measures.

  11. MOH July 10, 2018 at 12:04 am

    The earth is flat when it comes to breastfeeding?

    Willow, this is all your fault – go MOH yourself.

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