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Sun Jul 8, 2018, 02:25 PM

 

US opposition to breastfeeding resolution stuns WHO

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/07/08/health/world-health-breastfeeding-ecuador-trump.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur



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Reply US opposition to breastfeeding resolution stuns WHO (Original post)
MariaCSR Jul 2018 OP
MariaCSR Jul 2018 #1
Lochloosa Jul 2018 #2
malaise Jul 2018 #10
handmade34 Jul 2018 #3
smirkymonkey Jul 2018 #4
joshcryer Jul 2018 #5
bdtrppr6 Jul 2018 #6
Cairycat Jul 2018 #7
gratuitous Jul 2018 #8
Crunchy Frog Jul 2018 #9
malaise Jul 2018 #11

Response to MariaCSR (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2018, 02:25 PM

1. I apologize for not copying and pasting some of the text

 

Phone wouldnt let me.

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Response to MariaCSR (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2018, 02:30 PM

2. Here you go

A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.

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.

Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations.

American officials sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding” and another passage that called on policymakers to restrict the promotion of food products that many experts say can have deleterious effects on young children.

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 8, 2018, 04:41 PM

10. This is literally mob rule

And this mob only ares about profit. So what of you ignore science in every sphere while getting rich?
This is outrageous and the entire planet better respond immediately.
What the fuck is wrong with these criminals?

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Response to MariaCSR (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2018, 02:52 PM

3. makes me

fighting mad


don't know which officials attended WHO (HHS's website has not been updated) but these are some of the officials...
and "The Secretary of Health and Human Services leads the U.S. delegation"


https://www.hhs.gov/about/leadership/index.html#secretary

A 2016 Lancet study found that universal breast-feeding would prevent 800,000 child deaths a year across the globe and yield $300 billion in savings from reduced health care costs and improved economic outcomes for those reared on breast milk.



...but think about the poor corporations????

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Response to MariaCSR (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2018, 03:03 PM

4. Of course they are opposed.

There is no money to be made off of breastfeeding.

I am so sick and tired of the extreme greed driving our government officials. It is the basis for every decision they make and everything they do. We have completely lost our humanity. We need to vote them all out!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #4)

Sun Jul 8, 2018, 03:13 PM

5. Apparently formula companies give away free formula that lasts a few weeks.

Long enough for a mother's breast milk production to cease.

Total racket.

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Response to MariaCSR (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2018, 03:26 PM

6. can't make money off mother's milk

gotta keep the baby formula companies in heavy cash flow or America is over.

/s just in case

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Response to MariaCSR (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2018, 04:11 PM

7. Formula companies have been blocking the kinds of resolutions for decades

what is especially alarming is that the formula manufacturers, via the US government, is blocking these policies with threats: see this from the article:

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.



Corporations dictating health and public policy. Is this not corporatocracy? Fascism?

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Response to MariaCSR (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2018, 04:26 PM

8. Where are all the violent pro-life folks?

Shouldn't they be out there picketing the administration and threatening them with death for failing to think of the children? Or maybe they're not as pro-life as they advertise themselves.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #8)

Sun Jul 8, 2018, 04:37 PM

9. It's only "life" when it's in the female reproductive tract. n/t

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #8)

Sun Jul 8, 2018, 04:44 PM

11. Great question

But I want immediate outrage from the entire planet.
Time to scream people.

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