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Breastfeeding during an emergency

These pantry lists outline the food and equipment required  for 1 baby if water and electricity have been interrupted for 3 days, based on the national infant feeding guidelines.

Your baby’s nutritional needs depend on their age:

    1. 0–6  months  rely on breast milk. Offer breastfeeds  more often during hot weather. Water or other drinks are not needed unless recommended by a  doctor.
  • 6–12  months need food and fluids in addition to breast milk. During  hot weather, you can give small amounts of cooled  boiled water after or in between breastmilk feeds.
  • over 12 months need solid foods and drinks,  continue breastfeeding, or give full cream milk via a cup. During  hot weather, give cooled  boiled water after or in between meals.

Adapt the list for babies with food intolerances and  allergies.

Babies aged up to 6 months

To stay safe:

  • Offer breastfeeds more often during
  • ensure you drink enough water if you are  breastfeeding
  • do not give water if your baby is aged less than  6 months, unless recommended by  a doctor.
  • You can continue to give expressed breastmilk in a feeding bottle if the electricity and water supplies have been interrupted. Please ensure feeding bottles and eats are washed with cold soapy water using wet paper towels.  Then sterilise with chemical sterilising using cold water.

Item

Approximate quantity 

Disposable nappies

30

Nappy wipes

80

Nappy sacks

30

Disposable gloves

30

Hand sanitiser

1 bottle

Solid storage container with lid

1 (big enough to store all the supplies)

Babies aged 6-12 months

To stay safe:

  • continue to breastfeed as you did before the  emergency. If it is hot, offer your baby more breastfeeds or small sips of  water between feeds.
  • do not give your baby expressed breast milk  during an emergency where electricity and water supplies have been interrupted
  • consider how much complementary food your baby  is eating and use this information to guide your purchasing
  • buy small or single serves and discard any  opened food that may spoil if not eaten immediately
  • do not give your baby food that has passed its  best-before date
  • wash your baby's hands (and your own) before  feeding
  • throw out used utensils to prevent  contamination.

Item

Amount  

Nappy wipes

80

Nappy sacks

30

Disposable gloves

30

Hand sanitiser

1 bottle

Ready-to-eat food

9 jars or pouches:
3 x cereal
2 x vegetable
1 x fruit
2 x meat
1 x long-life yoghurt or custard

Disposable teaspoons

10 (to feed solid foods)

Bottled water (for drinking)

3 x 500ml bottles

Solid storage container with lid

1 (big enough to store all the supplies)

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