Why infant and young child feeding is exceptionally vulnerable in emergencies

During emergencies infants and young children are more likely to become ill and die from malnutrition and disease than older children or adults. Optimal feeding is often disrupted because of lack of basic resources such as shelter and water, and physical and mental stress on families. Breastfeeding may stop because mothers are traumatized, ill,  or separated from their babies, and yet it is particularly valuable in emergency situations. Artificial feeding is more dangerous because of poor hygiene, lack of clean water, and unreliability of supplies. Continue reading “Why infant and young child feeding is exceptionally vulnerable in emergencies”