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Many of you have read the New York Times article regarding the United States’ opposition to the breastfeeding resolution during the recent World Health Assembly. While USLCA works on formal response, here are some ways to get involved:
Read USLCA’s joint statement here.
Contact the State Department and Health and Human Services and the delegation that attended the WHA this year to communicate your position.
- The Secretary of Health and Human Services was in the delegation. Alex Azar,1-877-696-6775, Secretary@HHS.gov
Write to your senators and representatives. Click here to find contact info for your area.
Contact the White House. Phone number 202-456-1111
Below are sample letters for adaptation (thank you to Marsha Walker and Heather Harris.)
I am writing to express my deep dismay regarding the actions taken by the US delegation to the 2018 World Health Assembly in its aggressive stand against the proposed language of the breastfeeding resolution. The United States has invested considerable time, effort, and funding in endeavors to improve the health of the nation through programs and policies that promote and support breastfeeding. The Healthy People 2020 breastfeeding health objectives are a case in point. However, the opposition to the 2018 WHA breastfeeding resolution stops short of a third necessity, which is the protection of breastfeeding from the predatory marketing engaged in by the infant formula industry. The language in the breastfeeding resolution in support of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes was significantly weakened by outright threats to countries who brought it forth. This confrontational posturing and outright bullying of member delegations on a world stage is reprehensible, abhorrent, and an international embarrassment. It neutralizes our work in this country to improve the nation’s health and positions the US as a pariah regarding public health efforts worldwide. It is time to stop putting corporate interests above public health and I respectfully request that the US cease engaging in threats and bullying behavior and start supporting and protecting the health of its citizens.
I have read today in the NYTimes about the US delegation to the World Health Assembly concerning the International Code Of Marketing for Breast-milk Substances. I was appalled at learning that not only did the US delegation not support wording calling on the government to “protect, promote, and support breastfeeding” and restrict food products other than breastmilk, it in fact bullied (threatening removing aid and introducing punishing trade measures) the sponsoring country of Ecuador into dropping the resolution.
Breastfeeding is a public health issue. It effects everyone and is important for our world and our countries’ health. On our government’s own site is listed the many benefits including lower asthma, diabetes, SIDS, and many more.https://www.womenshealth.gov/…/making-decision-breastfeed. As a country we should be doing everything we can to promote and protect breastfeeding.
Please speak against this action by the Department of Health and Human Services.