Disaster Ready

Overview

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.

Learn more about disaster readiness from USBC, WHO, and UNICEF.

Read MIBFN’s Lead and Exposure Issue Statement and Recommendations.

In support of breastfeeding and disaster readiness, we advocate for the following:

  1. Written breastfeeding policy should reflect best practice.
  2. All first responders should receive evidence-based breastfeeding training.
  3. Medical providers in areas with ongoing air/water pollution should understand blood contamination levels that would contraindicate breastfeeding.
  4. Vulnerable areas should undergo systemic breastfeeding changes to ensure best outcomes during times of disaster.
  5. Human milk should be widely available and equally accessible by all families during times of emergency.
  6. Infant formula should only be used as a last resort.
  7. 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.

In times of crisis, equitable distribution of resources, such as lactation support and accessibility to human milk, is vital for public health based on breast milk’s ability to prevent hunger, stave off disease, combat malnutrition, and prevent young infant and child death.
 
We want to hear your story. Please share your experiences with breastfeeding & emergencies or disasters here.

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(734) 365-6559

info@mibreastfeeding.org

503 Mall Court #296

Lansing, MI 48912

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Photography

Many of the beautiful images on our website are provided by the following: Oakland and Wayne County Breastfeeding Coalitions, Katherine Jarvi Photography, and Allie and Co. Photography. Thanks to our partners for their wonderful photos! To submit your images for our website, please contact info@breastfeeding.org.