It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
US President Donald Trump’s administration has caused outrage after reports emerged that it bullied other governments in an attempt to prevent the passage of an international resolution promoting breastfeeding.
The US delegation to the World Health Assembly in Geneva reportedly deployed heavy-handed measures to browbeat nations into backing off the resolution.
originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
a reply to: rickymouse
I don't disagree with you here at all ricky. For this reason I say that trying to convince mothers, anywhere, that formula is across the board better than breast milk is deceitful and hence the UN position that breast milk may be the best for the babies is a sound position.
originally posted by: JohnnyCanuck
originally posted by: rickymouse
Educating the public is important but most people could not comprehend this kind of stuff.
Yes, including the stuff about corporations like Nestle 'giving' away formula in 3'rd world countries...which is just jim-dandio until the mothers' breast milk dries up and they are compelled to buy the stuff because the freebies are over. Then the formula is reduced (with unsanitary water) to save money, and kids end up dying of malnutrition when they could have been raised on breastmilk fer free. Might wanna research this.
Corporations have already been called out on these practices. To have them enforced by government is heinous.
originally posted by: angeldoll
When a woman can 't breast-feed, or doesn't have nutrition enough in her milk, or something is not right with it and the baby is not thriving, both she and her doctor have sense enough to start the baby on formula.
They sure as hell don't need Donald Trump or the American government to advise them what to do.
How can people be such fools?
Oh wait! Next will he tell us to water our vegetables with "Brawndo"
originally posted by: angeldoll
a reply to: TheRedneck
I'm complaining because withdrawing the resolution to encourage breastfeeding (based on bs) leaves one option and that is to use formula,
Whut? Withdrawing the resolution confiscates women's breasts and mammary tissue, preventing them from choosing to breastfeed!?!?! OMFG, that's horrific!
The second welcomed WHO guidance on ending the inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children. The guidance clarifies that, in order to protect, promote and support breastfeeding, the marketing of “follow-up formula” and “growing-up milks”—targeted for consumption by babies aged 6 months to 3 years—should be regulated in just the same manner as infant formula for 0 to 6-month-olds is. This recommendation is in line with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes adopted by the World Health Assembly in 1981. Milk that is marketed as a general family food is not covered by the guidance, since it is not marketed specifically for feeding of infants and young children.
In light of the poor nutritional quality of some food and beverages marketed to infants and young children, the WHO guidance also indicates that foods for infants and young children should be promoted only if they meet standards for composition, safety, quality and nutrient levels and are in-line with national dietary guidelines.
The guidance also lays out key principles of how health professionals should interact with companies that market complementary foods. It recommends that health professionals do not accept gifts or free samples from these companies. They should not distribute samples, coupons, or products to families nor allow the companies to provide education or market foods through their health facilities. The guidance also recommends that companies do not sponsor meetings of health professionals.
The resolution urges countries, health professionals, the food industry, and the media to implement the guidance. In the resolution, countries also requested support from WHO to implement the guidance and monitor and evaluate its impact on infant and young child nutrition. They asked WHO to work with other international organizations on promoting national implementation of the guidance, and to report back to the Assembly in 2018 and 2020.