According to the New York Times, the U.S.'s decision to side against breastfeeding shocked World Health officials and set off a contentious debate, which more than a dozen people from several countries recounted for the report.
The Assembly resolution was based on decades of research that concluded mother's milk was best, and that countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast-milk substitutes. At first, the USA delegates attempted to simply dilute the pro-breastmilk message, voiding language that called for governments to "protect, promote, and support breastfeeding" and limit promotion of competing baby food products that experts warn can be harmful. The report said the USA delegation was also unsuccessful at defeating a different measure on access to medicines. Mothers and babies together result in longer breastfeeding duration rates. While breastfeeding is ideal, anti-formula activists can be a bit radical in their support of the ideal. The companies denied any wrongdoing.
The Times reported that the baby food market is a $70 billion industry. When that largely failed, the US turned to threats-demanding that Ecuador's delegation refrain from introducing the bill as planned or be targeted with trade measures and cuts to military aid, the Times reports. "What happened was tantamount to blackmail, with the USA holding the world hostage and trying to overturn almost 40 years of consensus on best way to protect infant and young child health". Other nations didn't want to take it up afterwards, fearing "retaliation".
"The United States believed the resolution as originally drafted called on states to erect hurdles for mothers seeking to provide nutrition to their children", said a State Department official.
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".
After this period of confusion, Russian Federation actually ended up introducing a resolution about breastfeeding.
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The final resolution retained much of the original wording, despite American efforts.
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As part of global nutrition targets, countries who are part of the World Health Organization have vowed to increase rates of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of life to at least 50 percent of mothers by 2025.
The State Department official said the United States works "to identify common cause when possible and does not shy away from expressing its disagreement when necessary".
Of course, if ratified, the industry would shrink like an unmilked breast (fun fact: the free formula sample bag given in many hospitals includes an ice-pack to help stop milk flow in new mothers). Universal adoption of breastfeeding in low- and middle-income countries could prevent the death of an estimated 823,000 children under two years old, according to a study by the Australian National University.
"We recognize not all women are able to breastfeed for a variety of reasons", it added, saying they should have "full information about safe alternatives".