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Emergency Preparedness: Infant and Young Child Feeding


Appropriate infant and child feeding during a disaster saves lives. Learn how to be prepared in case of an emergency.


Preparedness for Expectant and New Parents  CDC provides emergency preparedness tips to keep you and your family safe.

Emergency Preparedness and Response: Pregnant Women and Newborns  Resources for protecting the health of pregnant and postpartum women and newborns during a disaster.

Keep Food and Water Safe after a Natural Disaster or Power Outage Tips from the CDC for preventing illness .

Breastfeeding in Emergency Situations : A Wellstart factsheet that corrects misconceptions about breastfeeding during an emergency, and provides a decision-making guide for feeding infants under 6 months.

Infant Feeding in Disasters and Emergencies: Breastfeeding and Other Options (PDF) : A guide from the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Infant Feeding During Disasters Infographic  A poster on breastfeeding during disasters from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Operational Guidance on Infant Feeding in Emergencies  Operational Guidance for Emergency Relief Staff and Programme Managers

If you're a California nurse, doctor, pharmacist, or paramedic with an active license who would like to volunteer for disaster service, please register at the California Disaster Healthcare Volunteers  

Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) : A resource of tested and pasteurized human milk and information on how to donate milk for others. 

Protecting infants in emergencies: Information for the Media  Media messages can help protect infants during emergencies.

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