Emergency Management: Infant and Young Children Feeding in Emergencies
The field of infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF-E) is a set of practices, policies, and guidelines related to ensuring safe feeding of infants and young children during disasters and major hazard events.
During large-scale evacuation and sheltering scenarios, families with infants need support for safe infant feeding. In the post-disaster setting, breastfed, bottle-fed, and mixed-fed infants require special care and support. Breastfed infants have a higher likelihood of survival in emergency scenarios (Jakobsen et al. 2003; WHO and UNICEF 2003; WHO 2015). Another benefit of breastfeeding is that infants are less likely to suffer from respiratory illness and other infections (WHO and UNICEF 2003). Breastfeeding improves health outcomes for women and infants (Rollins et al. 2016), and breastfeeding promotion provides resilience and protection for vulnerable groups in disasters (Gribble 2018). Distribution of commercial complementary foods (CCF)...
KeywordsInfant feeding Evacuation Maternal and child health
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