Why are Changes Needed?
Breastfeeding saves lives, especially during emergencies that impact water supplies, fuel, and electricity. In times of crisis, equitable distribution of resources, lactation support, accessibility to human milk, and preserving the breastfeeding relationship should be a top priority for maintaining public health and safety.
Get to Know the Campaign
Read MIBFN’s Lead and Exposure Issue Statement and Recommendations.
2019 MIBFN Disaster Ready Policy Positions
- 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.
- 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.
- As a first responder, do you have an experience that you would like to share?
- As an individual or family, do you have an experience that you would like to share?
- 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