Infant Feeding in Emergencies

During an emergency, normal infant feeding patterns may be disrupted. During emergencies, such as floods, power outages or nuclear disasters; many homes may lose access to clean water, electricity and food. These situations may make it difficult to safely prepare infant formula. Infants are at increased risk during emergencies and require care and attention. The following recommendations will help you know how to prepare for an emergency and know that your baby will continue to receive safe nutrition during an emergency.

Use ready-to-feed infant formula as powdered infant formula is not recommended when there is no access to clean water or unlimited hot water used for sterilizing. Ensure you have enough supplies for a minimum of 3 days (72 hours). Do not feed your infant solid foods, unless they have reached 6 months of age or older. Do not use any infant formulas that are past the “expiry date”.

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