UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) —The U.S. has been accused of bullying poorer nations into backing down from a worldwide breastfeeding initiative.
This according to a recent New York Times report.
Delegates from around the world had gathered in Geneva at the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly in May to encourage breastfeeding.
But in a move that reportedly stunned world health officials, the U.S. delegation is accused of backing the interests of infant-formula manufacturers instead.
The New York Times reported the U.S. gave Ecuador an ultimatum — warning that if it did not drop the resolution, the U.S. would withdraw military aid and implement “punishing trade measures.”
Ecuador reportedly dropped the measure out of fear of U.S. retaliation.
Part of the resolution encouraged member governments to “protect, promote and support breastfeeding,” which the U.S. reportedly objected to the wording.