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Infant and young child feeding

Breastfeeding is a crucially important means of enabling health and stability in an infant during a crisis. However, due to the indiscriminate distribution of breastmilk substitutes combined with many widely disseminated misconceptions about breastmilk, many mothers believe that formula feeding is best. These mothers unwittingly put their children at high risk and often need support to maintain breastfeeding.

The World Health Organization states that infants should be exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of life with breastfeeding and complementary foods both given until two years of age or beyond. During a crisis, this is even more lifesaving than at other times.

We offer:

· Infant feeding assessments for mothers with children under 2 years of age

· Information on the importance and efficacy of breastfeeding in disaster situations

· Help for mothers to increase their milk supply and relactate if possible

· Advice and support for those who need to give breastmilk substitutes

· Complementary food for pregnant women and lactating mothers

· Limited distribution of non-food items, e.g. diapers, infant clothing, baby carriers, and underwear for women.

 

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