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President Trump Weighs in on Breastfeeding

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump weighed in on breastfeeding, tweeting, “The U.S. strongly supports breastfeeding, but we don’t believe women should be denied access to formula. Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty.” The tweet was in response to a New York Times story which reported that U.S. officials at the World Health Assembly in Geneva wanted to water-down a breastfeeding resolution and threatened other countries who wouldn’t drop it. The Trump administration calls the reporting “patently false”. But the U.S. has a long history of taking the side of the formula industry when it comes to breastfeeding. To discuss, we’re joined by Lucy Martinez Sullivan, co-founder and executive director of the non-profit, 1,000 Days. The group works in the U.S., and globally, “to improve nutrition and ensure that women and children have the healthiest first 1,000 days”. And we’re also joined by journalist, author and speaker, Kimberly Sears Allers. She’s author of the book The Big Letdown--How Medicine, Big Business and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding.



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