Feeding your baby in an emergency

News article

18 December 2015

The Ministry of Health is encouraging parents to get ready before an emergency strikes, with a plan to ensure they can keep their babies safe, healthy and well fed.

The Ministry has just published advice for health practitioners, district health board emergency management staff and consumers on ‘Feeding your baby in an emergency’. This includes advice on breastfeeding, formula feeding and lists the emergency supplies needed to feed a baby safely during an emergency.

Babies need special care and attention, as they’re more vulnerable to dehydration and infection.

It is important for people to think ahead about how they and their family would manage if the water and power supplies were disrupted.

Breastfeeding is the safest way to feed babies, particularly in an emergency. These new resources provide some useful tips for parents and carers on how to continue breastfeeding during an emergency.

If breastfeeding is not an option, extra care needs to be taken when preparing infant formula, as well as having enough safe water and the right feeding equipment. 

The following documents are available.

  1. Position Statement: Infant Feeding in an Emergency for Babies Aged 0–12 Months (PDF, 134 KB)
  2. Feeding Your Baby in an Emergency: For babies aged 0–12 months (for consumers) (PDF, 311 KB)
  3. Guide for DHB Emergency Management Staff: Infant feeding in an emergency for babies aged 0–12 months (PDF, 220 KB)
  4. Roles and Responsibilities: Infant feeding in an emergency for babies aged 0–12 months (PDF, 194 KB)

Further information on preparing for an emergency can be found on the Getthru website.

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