The Times says the USA delegation opposed the measure, which was widely expected to be adopted. Another section called on countries to restrict promotion of food products that could have harmful effects on children.
Threats to end vital U.S. military aid and punishing trade measures forced the Ecuador delegates to drop out. Nevertheless, the USA delegation sought to wear down the other participants through procedural maneuvers in a series of meetings that stretched on for two days, an unexpectedly long period.
As with much media coverage of the Trump administration, The New York Times' extremely negative story elided crucial facts, was based on anonymous sources, and contained false information.
Between 21 and 26 May 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) held their 71st World Health Assembly, which is attended by delegates from all WHO member state and serves as that organization's primary decision-making body.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breastfed for at least six months, but also noted that those younger than that "get everything they need from breast milk or formula". What is at stake: breastfeeding saves women and children's lives. The proposal was controversial even in the Obama administration.
The president's tweet was a direct response to an article published by The New York Times on Sunday, titled "U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials." . "002.pdf" target="_blank">revisit the issue of limiting the marketing of non-breastmilk options for mothers, reopening some of the contentious debates from 2016.
In the end, the Americans' efforts were mostly unsuccessful.
But it's not the first time the Trump administration has gone head-to-head with WHO.
Elisabeth Sterken, director of the Infant Feeding Action Coalition in Canada, said four decades of research have established the importance of breast milk, which provides essential nutrients as well as hormones and antibodies that protect newborns against infectious disease. So when United States representatives launched their surprise attack, the world could only read it as open support for the $70 billion formula industry, whose sales have been tapering off.
The United States tried to stop a pro-breastfeeding resolution at the United Nations, but ultimately failed. U.S. officials also threatened to cut World Health Organization funding. But that doesn't mean that they oppose exclusive breastfeeding or its encouragement.
A report in a prominent US newspaper Sunday said the United States bullied and threatened nations in an effort to water down a World Health Assembly resolution supporting breastfeeding.
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".