Find local breastfeeding support, including lactation consultants, WIC clinics, community breastfeeding support groups and educators, and physicians, at or by calling the Partners for Healthy Babies line at 1-800-251-BABY (2229).

Breastfeeding USA

Breastmilk: Every Ounce Counts: Helpful, easy to understand information to help you with breastfeeding, pumping, and returning to work.

Free legal hotline for workers and students call 415-703-8276 or email

ThePregnantScholar : Legal resources and practical tips for students, Title IX officers, and college/university administrators.

Advocates for expanding breastfeeding rights call 415-565-4640 or email

Breastfed babies are ready for anything! If you need help finding a healthcare provider or breastfeeding support during an emergency, call 1-800-251-BABY (2229)

The Facts:

  • The cleanest, safest food you can give your child during an emergency is your breast milk.
  • Human milk has antibodies to help protect a baby from diarrhea and other diseases.
  • As long as you keep nursing, stress will not make your milk go away.
  • As long as your baby is getting enough of your milk, your baby is getting enough water.
  • You can still breastfeed, even if you are hungry.
  • Continue to breastfeed your baby, even if he is sick or injured.
  • When a mother breastfeeds, she releases hormones that help her and her baby relax and stay calm.
  • Many mothers can begin producing milk again, even if they have already discontinued breastfeeding.
  • Formula may not be available or may become contaminated. Water that is mixed with powdered or concentrated formula may also be contaminated.
  • During an emergency or disaster, it may be impossible to sterilize formula, bottles or nipples.
  • If there is no electricity, opened prepared formula cannot be preserved in the refrigerator.
  • If there is no electricity, you cannot use an electric breast pump, but you can easily express your milk with your hands.  Click here to learn more about hand expression.

Additional Information and Resources

Storing and Handling Human Milk in an Emergency

Infant Ready Emergency Feeding Kit and Training for Emergency Responders

Breastfeeding and Emergencies (USBC)

Disaster/Emergency/Crisis Nursing (La Leche League International)

Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (ILCA)

Free legal hotline for workers and students call 415-703-8276 or email

The Louisiana Workplace Breastfeeding Support Program

Guide to the Rights of Breastfeeding Employees in Louisiana

Supporting Nursing Moms At Work: Employer Solutions: This comprehensive website explains why supporting breastfeeding is good for businesses, and what employers and employees can do to create a supportive work environment.

Federal Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law – Website and Fact Sheet

PregnantAtWork: Legal resources and practical tips for employees, and their health care providers, employers, and lawyers.

An Online Resource for Breastfeeding Mothers Returning to Work or School

An interactive map of state level workplace breastfeeding rights

Babygate: One stop shop for information about pregnancy and parenting at work.