Breastfeeding saves lives. Especially in times of crisis, equitable distribution of resources, such as lactation support and accessibility to human milk, is vital for public health. We envision a future in which breastfeeding is part of every disaster readiness plan, supported by policies for the protection of Michigan families.
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Leading health organizations recommend breastfeeding as a risk mitigation strategy for disaster readiness.
Read MIBFN’s Lead and Exposure Issue Statement and Recommendations.
In support of breastfeeding and disaster readiness, we advocate for the following:
- Written breastfeeding policy should reflect best practice.
- All first responders should receive evidence-based breastfeeding training.
- Medical providers in areas with ongoing air/water pollution should understand blood contamination levels that would contraindicate breastfeeding.
- Vulnerable areas should undergo systemic breastfeeding changes to ensure best outcomes during times of disaster.
- Human milk should be widely available and equally accessible by all families during times of emergency.
- Infant formula should only be used as a last resort.
- The United States should comply with the WHO Code in order to protect breastfeeding
To view the full policy position, download the position paper here.
To learn more about best practices, view the System’s Changers Guide here.
Women and children are disproportionately affected by climate change, natural disasters, and public health emergencies in the United States as well as all over the world.
Interested in joining the movement?
- View the Disaster Readiness tools brochure
- Print the Disaster Readiness FAQ Sheet (English | Spanish | Arabic | Burmese | Japanese)
- Print the Disaster Readiness Poster at home (English | Spanish | Arabic | Burmese | Japanese)
- Order the Disaster Readiness posters – in five languages!
- Print the Hand Expression Magnet at home (English | Spanish | Arabic | Burmese | Japanese)
- Order the Hand Expression magnets – in five languages!
- Print the Hand Expression Poster at home (English | Spanish | Arabic | Burmese | Japanese)
- Use the Policy Template for Supporting Breastfeeding in Emergency Shelters
- Read MIBFN’s Breastfeeding and Lead Exposure Issue Statement and Recommendations