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U.S. Opposed WHA Resolution Because Of Infant Formula Promotion Limits, Not Breastfeeding, Trump Tweets

Associated Press: Trump says U.S. had opposed formula limits, not breastfeeding
“The U.S. opposed a World Health Assembly resolution to encourage breastfeeding because it called for limits on the promotion of infant formula, not because of objections to breastfeeding, President Donald Trump tweeted Monday…” (7/9).

FOX News: Trump blasts ‘failing NY Times’ over report on ‘opposition’ to breastfeeding measure
“… ‘The failing NY Times Fake News story today about breast feeding must be called out. The U.S. strongly supports breast feeding but we don’t believe a woman should be denied access to formula. Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty,’ Trump tweeted Monday…” (Singman, 7/9).

New York Times: Trump Stance on Breastfeeding and Formula Criticized by Medical Experts
“The Trump administration’s aggressive attempts to water down an international resolution supporting breastfeeding go against decades of advice by most medical organizations and public health experts…” (Rabin, 7/9).

Washington Post: U.S. effort to weaken an international breastfeeding resolution has a long history
“…[A]dvocates said the incident is a throwback to a time when the U.S. government defied the world to protect the infant-formula industry. … Over the years, U.S. support of breastfeeding has increased and its hostility to the code of marketing restrictions has softened, several nutrition experts said. Which is why the events earlier this year came as such a surprise…” (Johnson/Erickson, 7/9).

Additional coverage of this story is available from ABC News, CNBC, CNN, Fast Company, The Guardian, The Hill, NBC News, NPR, POLITICO, and Quartz.

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