08.30.19

Schiff, Jayapal Introduce Resolution to Support Global Breastfeeding Education, Protection and Promotion

Improved Breastfeeding Practices are Proven to Support Children’s Health, Welfare and Development

Washington, D.C.– Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduced a resolution recognizing the scientifically proven health and economic benefits of breastfeeding for babies and parents, and the importance of global education campaigns to inform parents about their options and best practices.

“Every parent has the right to choose how to feed their baby, but many parents face heightened barriers to breastfeeding, including less flexible working conditions,” said Rep. Schiff. “Unfortunately, some corporations take advantage of parents in developing countries through the inappropriate marketing of formula and breastmilk alternatives. We are asking the Trump Administration to support global breastfeeding education campaigns to make clear that Americans support the science behind breastfeeding and care deeply about helping children around the world live longer, better lives.”

Improved breastfeeding practices are scientifically proven to benefit the cognitive development and wellness of infants, contribute to communities’ overall well-being, prosperity and stability, and help save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children each year around the globe.   

In 2018, Ecuador introduced a resolution at the United Nations World Health Assembly supporting breastfeeding science and education, which the Trump Administration opposed. In response, Schiff and 14 of his colleagues first introduced this resolution in support of improved infant nutrition through breastfeeding education and protection.

Click here to read the full text of the resolution.

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