Find local breastfeeding support, including lactation consultants, WIC clinics, community breastfeeding support groups and educators, and physicians, at LABreastfeedingSupport.org or by calling the Partners for Healthy Babies line at 1-800-251-BABY (2229).
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 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
Disaster/Emergency/Crisis Nursing (La Leche League International)
Go NAP SACC– Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care and the GO NAP SACC Breastfeeding and Infant Feeding-Self-Assessment [Needs new link]
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.
Give Your Baby Space: Safe Sleep – We’re in This Together (Louisiana site)