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Protecting Babies and Supporting Mothers: Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies

Author: Karleen Gribble
Resource type: Meetings and Workshops

When an emergency occurs, thoughts often turn to the children, and particularly the babies, who are affected. It is widely known that infants are vulnerable in emergencies and require prompt assistance. It is understood that while an adult can survive on just water for many days, babies have an urgent requirement for their specific food needs to be met. Unfortunately, the provision of appropriate aid to infants has proven challenging to governments and aid organisations. Aid targeted at infants has frequently done more harm than good. Ensuring that aid provided to babies is helpful and not harmful is vital to ensuring their survival. In emergencies it is vital that infants and young children be breastfed where ever it is possible and that intensive support for formula feeding be provided for infants that cannot be breastfed.

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