Blog Post #385 Hitting the bottle (not the breast)

Blog Post #385: Hitting the bottle (not the breast)

Taken from:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/08/health/world-health-breastfeeding-ecuador-trump.html

Money talks – or so it seems in this article.  Seemingly the World Health Organization had a simple resolution before it – encourage breastfeeding.  The article states: “based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.”

Sounds like a good plan – encourage breastfeeding as ‘healthiest for children’ – nothing too startling – right?

But then the money started talking according to the article:  “Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations.”

And this: “When that failed, they turned to threats, according to diplomats and government officials who took part in the discussions. Ecuador, which had planned to introduce the measure, was the first to find itself in the cross hairs.”

“The Americans were blunt: If Ecuador refused to drop the resolution, Washington would unleash punishing trade measures and withdraw crucial military aid. The Ecuadorean government quickly acquiesced.”

So, an innocuous resolution to encourage breastfeeding ended up with the United States as the bully – on little Ecuador.  Drop the resolution – and keep trading with the US and keep getting American dollars for military aid.

So, American women (and couples) – if you were thinking that feeding your child with the healthiest option (i.e. breast milk) think again.  You need to keep buying Enfamil, Similac and supporting American companies (who probably make political contributions).

Nice to know whose side the government is on!!!

What do you think?

Bruce

Posted by Bruce White

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