Leading medical organizations have criticized this week the stance adopted by the US government. UU At a United Nations (UN) health assembly earlier this year, in which they tried to defeat a resolution urging all world governments to "protect, promote and support. History first appeared in . York Times and was based on numerous interviews with many of the assembly attendees who claimed that the United States opposed the commercialization of formula milk.
the resolution that encouraged breastfeeding and had attempted to intimidate The United States also threatened to reduce its funds to the World Health Organization (WHO), according to the report, and is currently the largest single donor that provides 15% of contributions.
] The UN resolution was finally approved, with the support of the United States, but only after the Russian government reintroduced it using a modified text
The United States does, however, successfully eliminate the language that calls for WHO support to nations that seek to prevent "inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children" and added the phrase "based on evidence "to certain provisions.
President Trump immediately responded to the York Times reports in his inimitable way.
"The NY Times Fake News unfortunate story about breastfeeding should be announced The US Strongly supports breastfeeding, but we do not believe that women should be denied access to formula Many women need this option due to malnutrition and poverty, "he tweeted Monday night.
Experts say that the president lacks knowledge about the history of the commercialization of baby formula for women in "Malnutrition and poverty are the precise scenarios in which it is absolutely necessary to breastfeed", tweeted Michele Barry, MD, director of the Global Health Innovation Center at the Stanford School of Medicine, California.
"Access to clean and safe water to reconstitute powdered formula is often impossible to find" in such settings, Barry told the New York Times in a follow-up story published on Tuesday.
Barry also said that poorer women in wealthier countries can dilute expensive formula milk to last longer, which can lead to nutritional deficits in the child.
Medical Organizations Hit Back
After the initial report at New York Times on Monday, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a number Other Medical organizations reiterated their support for breastfeeding in social media.
The American Public Health Association (APHA) tweeted: "United States opposition to the United Nations breastfeeding resolution challenges public health evidence and practice"
ACOG tweeted that "It supports the efforts to educate patients about the benefits and mechanisms of #breastfeeding, and encourages health providers, nurses, and government assistance agencies to remain strong advocates for breastfeeding. "
He then linked to his own clinical guide on breastfeeding in unattended women.
"The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that breastfeeding is the optimal source of nutrition during the first year of life," the society tweeted and linked to its own warning that details how breastfeeding benefits the baby's immune system .
Meanwhile, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) said in its tweet: "The AAFP recommends that all babies, with rare exceptions, be breastfed and / or receive human milk expressed exclusively during the first 6 months of lifetime ".
The Presidents of ACOG and AAP join
In addition, Colleen Kraft, MD, president of AAP, and Lisa Hollier, MD, president of ACOG, joined forces and wrote a letter to the editor of New York Times that appeared today printed.
"Discussions at the World Health Assembly reveal that mothers still lack the support they need to start and continue to breastfeed their babies," says Kraft and Hollier.
"Breastfeeding provides protection against childhood, infant and child infections, allergies, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and sudden infant death syndrome.The benefits of breastfeeding extend into adulthood, with lower rates of obesity, risk factors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some types of cancer, "they write.
"There are also benefits to the health of the mother, since it reduces the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease," they add.
Then they talk about the issue of policies that can help women breastfeed.
"Helping mothers breastfeed takes a multifaceted approach, including advanced public policies such as paid family leave, access to quality child care, rest time, and a place other than a bath to express milk."
finally, they emphasize that "as doctors who care for women and children, we urge the United States and all countries to protect, promote and support breastfeeding for the health of all women, children and families."