Why the U.S. went to bat for the formula industry at a UN meeting on breastfeeding

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This spring, the World Health Organization introduced a resolution supporting breastfeeding babies. Ecuador was supposed to introduce the resolution. But U.S. opposed it. The New York Times reports that the U.S. threatened to punish Ecuador with harsh trade measures and to withdraw military aid. So Ecuador backed out, as well as other countries that were afraid of American reprisals. Finally, Russia stepped in and introduced the resolution. It passed with some minor modifications.

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Guest:
Jennifer Grayson - author of “Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy” - @jennigrayson

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Quinn O'Toole, Yael Even Or, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir