- The Washington Times - Monday, July 9, 2018

President Trump rejected accusations on Monday from a New York Times report that said the U.S. worked against a breastfeeding amendment at the World Health Assembly.

Mr. Trump said the country “strongly supports” breastfeeding, but the issue the U.S. representatives had was with denying access to formula.

According to the report, the delegation fought against elements in the resolution that would have demanded member states “protect, promote and support breast-feeding” and restrict potentially dangerous infant foods.

The New York Times said the U.S. was “embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers” and even threatened Ecuador and other countries with financial retaliation.

Russians eventually were the ones to introduce the legislation.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breastfed for at least six months, but also noted that those younger than that “get everything they need from breast milk or formula.”

• Gabriella Muñoz can be reached at gmunoz@washingtontimes.com.

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