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U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials - The New York Times
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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9 days ago by juliusbeezer
Press: The milk of human kindness
In six days, the American dailies had taken a highly contentious health issue—the merits of breast and bottle feeding in the era of AIDS—and turned it into a simple battle between the benevolent corporations and a seemingly malicious international health agency.

Unicef, whose mission is to “advocate for children's rights and help meet their needs” (www.unicef.org), stood charged by the papers of infanticide. How had this issue become so polarised in the eyes of the US media?

The main answer is that Unicef's stance against the formula industry, and the complexities of mother to child transmission of HIV, are both difficult topics to present in a catchy and newsworthy way. Vilifying Unicef was an easy option.
breastfeeding  media  us 
9 days ago by juliusbeezer
Feeding your baby solids early may help them sleep, study suggests | Life and style | The Guardian
More than 1300 healthy breastfed three-month-olds were split randomly into two groups in one the babies were exclusively breastfed until they were six months old – as current guidelines recommend – while children in the other group were breastfed and given solid foods, including peanuts, eggs and wheat, from the age of three months, in addition to breastfeeding. After six months babies in both groups were eating a range of solids.

The children’s health and behaviour was followed for three years, with their sleep and consumption of solid food tracked by families through questionnaires.

While not all babies were kept to their allotted regime, on average, babies who were in the breastfeeding only group were first introduced to solids at around 23 weeks, while those in the other group encountered the foods at around 16 weeks

The results, based on data from 1,162 infants and taking into account factors such birth weight and whether children had eczema, reveal babies introduced to solids from three months slept, on average, two hours more a week at the age of six months, than the babies who were only breastfed. They also woke around two fewer times at night per week at six months and had just over 9% fewer incidents of waking up during the night over the course of the study.

The team found that the more closely parents stuck to the early introduction programme, the stronger the effect.
breastfeeding  children  sleep  health 
9 days ago by juliusbeezer
US opposition to breast-feeding resolution stuns world health officials • The New York Times
Andrew Jacobs:
<p>A resolution to encourage breastfeeding 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 breastfeeding” 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.

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 crosshairs.

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…

…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.</p>


Very strange. Strong suspicion: lobbying by the US baby food industry.
breastfeeding  science  health  politics 
10 days ago by charlesarthur
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U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials
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