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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Breastfeeding in an Emergency

Many people are suffering and displaced due to the hurricane on the east coast of the United States.  Here are some good links about what to do in the event of a natural disaster or emergency:

U.S. Breastfeeding Committee's Statement on Infant/Child Feeding in Emergencies

La Leche League's Resources for Breastfeeding in Emergencies

ILCA's Breastfeeding in Emergencies

AAP's Infant Nutrition During a Disaster

Our Lady of La Leche, please intercede for nursing mothers and all families in the path of Hurricane Sandy!


  1. Interestingly, in light of the readiness, safety and surety of food supply for an infant or toddler in the event of natural disasters or tragic circumstances, a mother and nursing infant also benefit from the relationship of nursing during these times.

    A mother must needs stay calm, her hormones and the desire to do good for her child are vibrant in her and increase her ability to "be on the child's side" during times of distress. It affects the mother and child to be poignantly aware of the impact she has on the child's well being.

    God's beautiful plan at work, even in emergencies and dire situations. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. PM

  2. Thanks for your beautiful comment! There is more to dealing with an emergency or crisis that taking care of physical requirements. How lovely that breastfeeding fulfills both physical and emotional needs!