Donald Trump Bullies Breastfeeding Mothers—And Sells Out Their Health To Business Interests

When Donald Trump takes the world stage, the world trembles. President Trump’s disastrous European tour was foreshadowed by the news that earlier this year, the Trump Administration pushed the World Health Organization to weaken or trash a resolution meant to encourage breastfeeding, and to minimize the inaccurate marketing of substitutes.According to several officials at the WHO meeting, once Trump’s delegation was unsuccessful in removing language that affirmed support for breastfeeding, they turned to bullying and threatening other countries that were considering introducing the wording. According to the New York Times,

“The Americans were blunt: If Ecuador refused to drop the initiative, Washington would unleash punishing trade measures and withdraw crucial military aid. The Ecuadorian government quickly acquiesced.”

A British health policy advocate at the meeting said, “What happened was tantamount to blackmail, with the U.S. holding the world hostage and trying to overturn nearly 40 years of consensus on the best way to protect infant and young-child health.”

But that’s Donald Trump’s way. He’s the hostage-taker-in-chief.

Whether it’s infants at the border or at their mother’s breast, Donald Trump sees foreign policy as a vehicle for advancing his own business interests, and to funnel more wealth to his friends and financial backers. The powerful infant formula industry has its hooks in Donald Trump—just as it’s been able to influence scores of U.S. politicians and agencies.

Donald Trump is guilty of collusion—with the formula industry. Together, they are perpetuating a system of racial disparities that harm women and children. Because women of color are one of the most vulnerable populations in the country, they are easy to target with factors that make it impossible for them to actually breastfeed.

Both the WHO and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that infants consume nothing but breast milk for the first six months of life. Donald Trump may not respect science, or value public health—but we do. NOW calls on women to demand that U.S. officials stop ignoring decades of research that proves breastfeeding is best for children.

Toni Van Pelt Sincerely,

Toni Van Pelt

U.S. Bullies Other Countries to Reject Uncontroversial Breast Feeding Resolution

Just when you think the Trump administration has exhibited the depths of stupidity and malevolence, along comes a new outrage. “A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved …

Source: Unbelievable! U.S. Bullies Other Countries to Reject Uncontroversial Breast Feeding Resolution | Diane Ravitch’s blog

Women, Infants and Children – Nutrition at Newport Farmer’s Market!

Source: Women, Infants and Children – Nutrition at Newport Farmer’s Market! – News Lincoln County

 

Lincoln County WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) staff are scheduled to be at the Newport Farmers’ Market Saturday, July 14th and August 18th to assist clients with the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). In Lincoln City, the WIC staff are scheduled be at the Lincoln City Cultural Center Sunday, July 15th and August 19th (inside the building). WIC staff will be at each of the market locations from 9:00-12:00.

WIC Farmer’s Market Fruit & Veggie Vouchers come in a $28 booklet to qualified clients. Clients may only receive one voucher booklet each summer. Vouchers may be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables from July 14 through November 30, 2018 with authorized farmers at farm stands and farmers’ markets.

The WIC Program provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education at no cost to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding post-partum women, and to infants and children up to 5 years of age, who are found to be at nutritional risk. The WIC FMNP provides fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables to WIC participants, and to expand the awareness, use of, and sales at farmers’ markets. A variety of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs may be purchased with FMNP coupons.

WIC receives enough funding to offer Farm Direct checks to approximately 25% of enrolled WIC participants each year. WIC is a USDA public health program designed to improve health outcomes and influence lifetime nutrition and health behaviors for nutritionally at-risk young families.

 

WIC Helps Lincoln County

“The Oregon Health Authority’s recently released local WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) data highlights the impact Lincoln County WIC had on the community in 2017. The WIC Program provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education at no cost to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding post-partum women, and to infants and children up to 5 years of age, who are found to be at nutritional risk.”

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Source: WIC Helps Lincoln County | oregoncoastdailynews

Hospital CEO Lesley Ogden, MD to Address “Access to Women’s Health Care in Lincoln County”

Hospital CEO Lesley Ogden, MD to Address “Access to Women’s Health Care in Lincoln County” at Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting

On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) will host a discussion about “Access to Women’s Health Care in Lincoln County.”  Leading the conversation will be Lesley Ogden, MD and CEO of Samaritan North Lincoln and Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospitals. The talk will take place in the McEntee Meeting Room, Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street, Newport at 6 pm. The public is welcome.

Women’s health needs differ from men’s not just in the area of reproductive health. One example is that women are much more prone to autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. With construction taking place at both hospitals in Lincoln County, that means additional resources and new medical practitioners will be available for local residents. Dr. Ogden will focus on what this means for Lincoln County’s women.

Dr. Ogden earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Troy State University in 1989, and an MBA from The Citadel in 1994. She later went to medical school at Medical University of South Carolina, graduating in 2003. She completed the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Oregon Health Sciences Center in 2006, and soon after started practicing emergency medicine at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. Dr. Ogden was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in September 2013 and was named its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2015. In 2017, Dr. Ogden was also named CEO of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, after having served as interim-CEO since late 2016.

Following the discussion, the Central Oregon Coast NOW Chapter will conduct a brief business meeting. Anyone interested in the discussion or in NOW is encouraged to attend.  For more information:
NOW Website:  www.centraloregoncoastnow.org
LWV website:  www.lwvlincolncounty.org

Ten Reasons to Appreciate Your Local Abortion Provider

Whether you’ve had an abortion, you’ve thought about an abortion, or you just love someone who had an abortion, it’s important to remember how valuable these health-care providers are in our communities.

Source: Ten Reasons to Appreciate Your Local Abortion Provider – Rewire.News