07.26.18

Schiff Introduces Resolution Urging Trump Administration to Support Improved Infant Nutrition Through Breastfeeding Education and Protection

Washington, D.C.– Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and fourteen other members introduced a resolution in the House laying out the overwhelming scientific case for breastfeeding where possible and appropriate, and urging that all women be educated about their options.

This follows recent opposition by the United States to a resolution introduced by Ecuador in the United Nations World Health Assembly supporting breastfeeding science and proper education of women. The resolution introduced this week in the House urges the Administration to support women around the world to be educated about their options and support efforts to end the inappropriate promotion of foods for infants as alternatives to breast milk. This will not only benefit the cognitive development and wellness of infants, but literally help save the lives of thousands of babies each year around the globe.   

“When it comes to the health of women and babies, science must come before profit,” said Schiff. “However, given the Administration’s counterproductive actions, Congress should take the opportunity during World Breastfeeding Week to make clear that Americans support the science behind breastfeeding, and care deeply about helping children around the world live longer, better lives. Putting the interests of corporations over that of women and infants is simply the wrong formula.”

The Schiff resolution was co-sponsored by Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07). James P. McGovern (MA-02), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (FL-23), Nanette Diaz Barragan (CA-44), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-01), Marcy C. Kaptur (OH-09), Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Debbie Insley Dingell (MI-12), Betty McCollum (MN-04), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Steve I. Cohen (TN-09), Dina Titus (NV-01), and Brad J. Sherman (CA-30).