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BREASTFEEDING AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

We are digging out from our second winter storm here in Oregon, the kids are enjoying the snow now instead of hiding inside from the biting winds and sub-zero temperatures. As the winter weather continues we are reminded to prepare for power outages, treacherous driving conditions and frozen water pipes. But what special considerations should you make if caring for a baby? Breastfeeding is real emergency preparedness – 1. Warm and ready for baby – no electricity required. 2. Always safe – no risk of contaminates from your water supply. 3. Always with you – you don’t need to brave icy roads to buy it. 4. Lowers stress in tough situations – hormones released when baby nurses can calm you and your baby. 5. Your milk contains antibodies that fight infection so your baby can stay healthy, even when others are getting sick. 6. Breastfeeding shares your body heat and helps your baby stay warm – even when it’s cold out. 7. When you are short on food, your body still makes nutritious breast milk to satisfy your baby’s needs. In 2006 a family visiting Oregon became stuck on a snowy mountain road. The 2 children survived nine days before being rescued in good condition. Doctors say breastfeeding was literally a life-saver for the girls ages 7 months and 4 years. Read their story here: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=2701717 Breast milk is the safest food during an emergency and protects your baby from many of the health risks that can cause serious illness or even death. Breastfeeding during emergency situations is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, World Health Organization and other groups. For more information on caring for your baby during an emergency, check out these links: http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/Communities/BreastfeedingandEmergencies/tabid/193/Default.aspx http://www2.aap.org/breastfeeding/files/pdf/InfantNutritionDisaster.pdf http://www.ennonline.net/ife
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