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Members of the delegation also suggested cutting U.S. funding for the World Health Organization. Other countries appeared hesitant to back the resolution after seeing the USA threaten Ecuador.

"The failing NY Times Fake News story today about breast feeding must be called out", Trump tweeted. "The U.S. strongly supports breastfeeding but we don't believe women should be denied access to formula", Trump posted on Twitter Monday afternoon. The measure was introduced, however, once Russian Federation stepped in.

The United States pressured other countries to stop a resolution that promoted breastfeeding at the United Nations, according to the New York Times.

Ecuador was slated to introduce the breastfeeding resolution, but after the USA threatened to "unleash punishing trade measures and withdraw crucial military aid", according to the newspaper, Ecuador "quickly acquiesced".

The WHO has long said that breastfeeding is the optimal feeding method for infants and recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a child's life and continued feeding with introduction of other foods up to two years of age.

A spokesperson for HHS told the Times, "We recognize not all women are able to breast-feed for a variety of reasons. These women should have the choice and access to alternatives for the health of their babies, and not be stigmatized for the ways in which they are able to do so", a spokesman told The Times".

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The New York Times, meanwhile, published a piece that painted America as a bully. Ecuador quickly dropped its support for the resolution.

The State Department declined to respond to questions, saying it could not discuss private diplomatic conversations. According to the Times, the saga shows how the Trump administration backs corporations over the public good and how the Trump administration is disrupting the rules-based order.

Ecuador, which was slated to introduce the resolution, was the first country targeted by American officials. It simply acknowledges the scientific consensus that breastfeeding is the healthiest option for infants, and works to regulate infant formula manufacturers so that they are not lying to consumers.

During the same Geneva meeting where the breastfeeding resolution was debated, the United States succeeded in removing statements supporting soda taxes from a document that advises countries grappling with soaring rates of obesity.

Hundreds of government delegates at the assembly expected the resolution to be approved swiftly. But a sustainable future will require certain industries - not just tobacco and fossil fuels, air travel and automobiles, even baby formula - to become much much smaller to sustain a population of nine billion human beings.

Limiting inaccurate infant formula marketing is most necessary in some of the poorest parts of the world, according to a Guardian investigation published earlier this year in partnership with the global nongovernmental organization Save the Children.


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