Infant Nutrition During an Emergency!

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Infant Nutrition During an Emergency--Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Breastfeeding Facts

1. With appropriate support and guidance, stress does not cause milk to dry up.

2. Malnourished women can breastfeed.

3. Optimal human milk supply is maintained by infant demand.

4. For some mothers and babies, once breastfeeding has stopped, it may be resumed successfully.

a. Encourage skin-to-skin contact and frequent suckling (every 2 hours).

b. Supply increases gradually over days to weeks and supplementation should decrease accordingly.

c. Careful assessment of the infant’s nutritional and hydration status is critical.

d. A full milk supply is established more rapidly with the younger infant.

e. Mothers need encouragement during this process.

Disadvantages of Formula Use During a Disaster

• It may not be available.

• It may become contaminated.

• Errors in formula preparation may occur.

• Water that is mixed with powdered or concentrated formula may be contaminated.

• There may be no method to sterilize the formula, bottles, or nipples.

• If there is no electricity, opened prepared formula cannot be preserved in the refrigerator.


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