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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 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.
    2. 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.  
    3. 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:

  • ensure you drink enough water if you are breastfeeding
  • do not give water if you baby is aged less than 6 months, unless recommended by a doctor.
  • do not give your baby expressed breast milk if the electricity and water supplies have been interrupted.

 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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Last updated
16 December, 2016

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