As US President Donald Trump's administration officials opposed a breastfeeding resolution of the World Health Organisation (WHO), actress Pamela Anderson on behalf of PETA wrote a letter to United Nations stating the importance of breastfeeding for newborns.
Initial US hostility was triggered by a draft passage calling on governments to "protect, promote and support breast feeding".
Health experts recommend breast milk as the exclusive food for babies in their first six months.
Noting that the United States position aligned with infant formula manufacturers, the paper cited the case as an example of the Trump administration siding with corporate interests on public health and environmental issues.
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"Formula is the same that you give a newborn infant as you're giving a one-year-old, and human milk is a handsome, amazing, diverse, biological substance that changes every minute of the day for the child", said Dr. Mitchell.
The resolution that was unanimously adopted by the World Health Assembly, and supported by the US delegation, clearly stated its aim to support, protect and promote breastfeeding and good nutrition for infants and young children based on effective, evidenced based interventions.
The Trump Administration is under fire for trying to bully other nations into voting against an global resolution in favor of breastfeeding over formula milk for infants. The Infant Nutrition Council of America has supported this non-partisan position since 2016, working with both the Obama and Trump administrations.
President Donald Trump said his administration supports breastfeeding but doesn't believe women should be denied access to infant formula, even though the resolution didn't advocate for formula to be taken off the shelves.
Surprise and disappointment continued to register this week over reported USA opposition to an worldwide resolution to encourage breastfeeding.
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"I nursed my own sons and I encourage other moms to continue this natural practice, which has been essential to human health since the dawn of time".
According to the article, experts contend that breast milk is especially important for babies in less economically developed countries, where unsafe water supplies can make powdered baby formula risky.
"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", she said. Millions of infants have safely consumed formula for decades. "Even though I've argued with United States politicians and they say it didn't happen, it definitely happened", she said.
The resolution was eventually passed, but only after the Russian government reintroduced the measure.
In a statement sent to the NYT, the Department of Health and Human Services said the resolution "placed unnecessary hurdles for mothers seeking to provide nutrition to their children".
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Canadian breastfeeding advocates say they're stunned by an especially aggressive US attempt to water down breastfeeding protections at a spring United Nations meeting. If all children under six months were exclusively breastfed, World Health Organization said it thinks "about 820,000 child lives would be saved every year".