The Times reported that the USA delegation threatened other nations, by suggesting that the US would implement trade measures with the objective of punishing them, citing more than a dozen participants from several of the countries present.
But the USA reportedly did not object when Russian Federation stepped in to support the resolution, and it was approved.
The Times reported Sunday that USA officials turned to threats in an effort to throw cold water on a WHA resolution holding that breastfeeding is the healthiest option for young children and pushes countries to limit the spread of inaccurate information about breast milk substitutes.
The US threatened Ecuador and other countries of withdrawing military support and trade retaliation so they would pull sponsorship.
US officials sought to remove language that called on governments to "protect, promote and support breastfeeding" as well as a separate section that called for governments to restrict the promotion of products that experts agree could cause harm to children. It is also beneficial for mothers, leading to less risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer.
Ecuador capitulated and did as the Americans demanded, The Times reported.
Met with resistance from nations around the table, USA delegates began threatening, according to other officials at the summit.
"U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials", blared the article's headline. Male calves are often shipped off to be slaughtered for veal, and females face the same fate as their mothers: Their bodies are reduced to their ability to reproduce and be used as milk-producing machines for their entire lives.
"The issues being debated, were not about whether one supports breastfeeding". Whether a parent decides to breastfeed exclusively, formula feed, or use a combination of both, The Infant Nutrition Council of America believes they should have access to facts and balanced information about infant feeding options and be supported in their decision.
But in the US, disparities in race, income and geography underscore the work that's left to do to support USA mothers who want to give their infants breastmilk. Since the 1980s, governments, non-governmental organizations, and corporations have been limited from marketing formula for infants six months of age and younger. "What is in question here is the way that these products are promoted and pushed and marketed by these companies and how these companies are interfering in public health policy". Health and Human Services spokespeople repeatedly denied the allegation.
In 1981-the height of a massive controversy over Nestlé's aggressive marketing of formula to mothers in poor countries-the "availability of formula" resulted in approximately 66,000 infant deaths in areas with bad water, they found.
Of course, dominating a multi-billion dollar industry generates large profits-and plenty of money to invest in lobbying. If the incident played out the way it was presented, he said, it would show "really how irrelevant the U.S.is becoming as a key player in global forums, because it didn't work".