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Media Outlets Continue Coverage Of WHA Breastfeeding Resolution, Mention Upcoming Meeting On Infant Formula Regulations

The Atlantic: The Epic Battle Between Breast Milk and Infant-Formula Companies
“…This latest tussle in Geneva follows a decades-long battle by infant-formula makers to promote themselves as essentially on par with breast milk. And while health experts instead say ‘breast is best,’ as this incident shows, policymakers aren’t always willing to put legislation behind that message…” (Khazan, 7/10).

Vox: The next frontier of Trump’s defense of baby formula
“…[I]t turns out that global health resolution was just one of a few battlefronts in Trump’s fight against policies that support breastfeeding, as the administration increasingly aligns itself with the U.S. infant formula industry. A key policy the industry hopes to influence next is a forthcoming United Nations guideline for ‘follow-up’ formulas or ‘growing‐up milks,’ baby formula marketed for children over six months of age. … But formula companies want to head off regulation through global food guidelines of these follow-up formulas, which are virtually indistinguishable from their infant counterparts when it comes to their packaging and labeling. These products represent the fastest-growing category in the … baby formula market…” (Belluz, 7/10).

Additional coverage of this story is available from Business Insider, Forbes, Mother Jones, PRIQuartz, and Vox.

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