"This year we focus on supporting women in their efforts to do what is most important for the health and survival of their children even during emergency situations.
- Being able to continue breastfeeding even during an emergency can bring comfort and a sense of normalcy even in the most stressful situations.
- Breastfeeding can continue even when an emergency interferes with the family’s established food supply. Situations that would otherwise be devastating for families that rely on sufficient funds for and access to formula, sanitation for feeding supplies, and refrigeration are no cause for alarm when the established food supply for the baby is mother’s milk.
- A breastfed baby is better prepared to deal with health challenges, avoiding some medical emergencies."
Have you a story to share that fits the bill above? Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were thankful your baby was being breastfed because otherwise her life may have been compromised? For example, during a natural catastrophe when fresh water was hard to access, in a breakdown when no help was immediately available, during a severe illness when your baby needed all the help he could get, after the birth of your preemie who required breastmilk to save her life? If so, we'd love to hear it.