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    Red face The War on Breastfeeding

    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.

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    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.

    The showdown over the issue was recounted by more than a dozen participants from several countries, many of whom requested anonymity because they feared retaliation from the United States.
    In the end, the Americans’ efforts were mostly unsuccessful. It was the Russians who ultimately stepped in to introduce the measure — and the Americans did not threaten them.

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    Go for it. It ultimately protects naive or first time parents and ends up being scientifically proven healthier for a developing child. Why are people raising a fuss? Oh because Russia was involved? What are you retarded? The US threatened to pull punishing trade measures and crucial military aid from a place that gives enough of a fuck to tell companies to be truthful?

    What are we children? "Oh that place wants to tell the truth, stop hanging out with them."

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    What I'm confused about with this story is why was it up to poor and small countries to sponsor this measure? How come no rich large European country stepped in to sponsor it if the US were being such meanie heads to smaller poor countries?

    This whole thing sounds strange.

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    It screams private interest on behalf of the US. It's so transparent they all but fucking named a sponsor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tgo01 View Post
    What I'm confused about with this story is why was it up to poor and small countries to sponsor this measure? How come no rich large European country stepped in to sponsor it if the US were being such meanie heads to smaller poor countries?

    This whole thing sounds strange.
    What's strange to me is how these companies were ever able to convince consumers that formula is better than breast milk.

    It's easy to understand not wanting to lose billions in profits, this is the pharma industry we are talking about.



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    This has Nestlé's fingerprints all over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neveragain View Post
    What's strange to me is how these companies were ever able to convince consumers that formula is better than breast milk.

    It's easy to understand not wanting to lose billions in profits, this is the pharma industry we are talking about.

    Not every woman can or wants to breastfeed.
    Last edited by Tgo01; 07-09-2018 at 07:52 AM.

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    Breastfeeding has far more benefits than formula everything from building resistance to allergies and asthma to a bump of 6-7 points in IQ. Even if it hurts you would be doing your child an enormous disservice by not breastfeeding.

    Going through life you begin to realize a lot of nonsense that are touted as mandatory or helpful are just plain lies fed to you in order for companies to con you out of a dollar. There are rural farmers out over in “fly over” country who still adhere to traditional values and ways of doing this. If they’re doing something wrong how come they’re consistently healthier and live 8+ more years on average?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tgo01 View Post
    Not every woman can or wants to breastfeed.
    All the stories I've heard from people that use formula is that it's done with regret and shame. It's never a WANT not to breastfeed, it's usually just inability to, either because of a infant's inability to latch, or some other such cause. It's cheaper, and there are better health implications. It's kind of a no brainer.

    I'm sure there are those that don't want to... But, I echo the points made so far.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Whirlin View Post
    All the stories I've heard from people that use formula is that it's done with regret and shame.
    So far from what I have read this is the US' official reasoning for not liking this particular resolution because it can be seen as shaming women who can't breastfeed.

    Also I'm sure there are women who don't want to breastfeed. Baby formula is a multi billion dollar industry, it's unlikely that is from women who just can't breastfeed.

    I guess it also depends on how we are defining "can't." Like she can't produce breast milk or she's on medication that prevents her from nursing, or "can't" as in she's too stressed out from work and family and other issues to also breastfeed a newborn. The latter could be seen as she doesn't want to breastfeed rather than she physically can't breastfeed.

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