During an emergency, such as a natural disaster or pandemic, breastfeeding can save lives (Gribble and Berry 2011; American Academy of Pediatrics 2020) by:

  • protecting infants from the risks of an unclean water supply
  • helping protect infants against respiratory illnesses and diarrhoea
  • providing milk that is always at the right temperature for infants
  • being available without needing other supplies.


American Academy of Pediatrics. 2020. Infant feeding in disasters and emergencies: Breastfeeding and other options. American Academy of Pediatrics.

Gribble K, Berry N. 2011. Emergency preparedness for those who care for infants in developed country contexts. International Breastfeeding Journal. 6(16)