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U.S. Should Support WHA Resolution On Breastfeeding

The Hill: It’s time to support breastfeeding
Asma Lateef, director of the Bread for the World Institute

“…A resolution being drafted at the World Health Assembly this week would go far in protecting mothers from inappropriate promotion of breastmilk substitutes and other foods marketed as suitable for children younger than three years old. The resolution endorses the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidance on Ending the Inappropriate Promotion of Foods for Infants and Young Children. … But there is very strong opposition to the resolution, including here in the United States. Industry lobbyists are working hard behind the scenes to make sure that the resolution is blocked. … The U.S. government should support the resolution. … The United States has long championed efforts both to end preventable child and maternal deaths and to ensure that babies not only survive but thrive. It is to the interest of the U.S. government and all governments to see that children get off to a strong start in their lives…” (5/26).

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