The U.S. threatened to withdraw military aid and engage in punitive trade tactics with Ecuador after it introduced the breastfeeding resolution at the World Health Assembly, the Times reported. Ecuador backed down, and at least a dozen countries avoided the resolution out of fear of retaliation by the United States. While the USA delegates largely went along with the crowd two years ago, they made sure the resolution was only "welcomed" at the World Health Assembly, as opposed to "endorsed". The specific part of the resolution with which Americans officials reportedly took issue was the language that called on governments to "protect, promote and support breastfeeding", as well a passage that asked policymakers to no longer promote food that could have detrimental effects on the health of young children.
A spokesman from the US Department of Health and Human Services told the Times that the original resolution "placed unnecessary hurdles for mothers seeking to provide nutrition to their children". With more first world mothers opting for Mother Nature's way, most of the industry's modest growth comes from developing countries.
As part of global nutrition targets, countries who are part of the World Health Organization have vowed to increase rates of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of life to at least 50 percent of mothers by 2025. The U.S. provides about 15 percent of WHO's budget, at $845 million.
Russian Federation ultimately sponsored the resolution and the American delegation did not issue any threats to the country.
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HHS spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley said in a statement responding to the account of the resolution that the United States "has a long history of supporting mothers and breastfeeding around the world and is the largest bilateral donor of such foreign assistance programs".
Hundreds of government delegates had gathered at the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly in Geneva in May. Jacobs said he had spoken with a dozen people from several countries who participated in the negotiations.
Abbott Laboratories, the Chicago-based company that is one of the biggest players in the US$70 billion baby food market, declined to comment.
But U.S. officials tried to remove language from the resolution that called on governments to "protect, promote and support breastfeeding", according to reporter Andrew Jacobs.
A 2016 study by The Lancet found that breastfeeding could save 80,000 child deaths a year across the globe. Four decades of research have shown that breast milk is more beneficial for infants that formula.