Two leading physician member organizations have written a letter to the in response to recent discussions at the World Health Assembly that would have passed a resolution to “protect, promote and support” breast-feeding. The US delegation attempted to significantly weakening of the original resolution. Colleen Kraft, MD, FAAP and Lisa Hollier, MD issued a joint letter to the Editor of the New York Times on July 11, 2018, in response to the unexpectedly lengthy debate.

“Breast-feeding provides protection against newborn, infant and child infections, allergies, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and sudden infant death syndrome. The benefits of breast-feeding extend into adulthood, with lower rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease risk factors, diabetes and some types of cancers.”