Resources for Skilled Lactation Care Providers on Emergencies and Disasters

Disasters happen everywhere, and we can prepare. Preparedness for the future starts today. During emergencies, infants and young children are vulnerable to infection, unable to care for themselves, and often unable to meet their feeding needs. Whether you’re an IBCLC, a lactation consultant, a nurse, or a parent, we have the tools and information to help before, during, and after disasters. Please share these resources with your family and colleagues.


ILCA’s Statement on the Commercial Milk Formula Shortage

IYCF-E Video

Breastfeeding can save lives during emergencies and other special circumstances. In emergencies, the nutritional needs and care of breastfed and non-breastfed infants and young children need attention.

Watch our video on Infant and Young Child Breastfeeding in Emergencies and share it with your colleagues and friends.


Appropriate Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices in an Emergency for Non-Breastfed Infants Under Six Months: The Rohingya Experience

Wet Nurses to Donor Milk Banks and Back Again: The Continuum of Sharing Our Milk to Save Lives

Are Commercial Complementary Food Distributions to Refugees and Migrants in Europe Conforming to International Policies and Guidelines on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies?

Using Your Hands to Express Your Milk

Anne Merewood, PhD, MPH, IBCLC, Jane Abeel Morton, MD, FABM

Breastfeeding Patterns among Palestinian Infants in the First 6 Months in Nablus Refugee Camps: A Cross-Sectional Study


ABM Statement on Shortage of Breastmilk Substitutes 

Advocacy Brief  – Breastfeeding in Emergency Situations – Global Breastfeeding Collective

Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies- IYCF-E – Save the Children

Operational Guidance on Infant Feeding in Emergencies (OG-IFE) version 3.0 -Developed by the IFE Core Group

Operational Guidance on Breastfeeding Counselling in Emergencies – ENN, IFE Core Group

Joint Statement – Protecting Maternal and Child Nutrition in the Ukraine Conflict and Refugee Crisis – UNICEF, Global Nutrition Cluster, IFE Core Group

Supporting Families with Relactation – Centers for Disease Control Prevention

Relactation – La Leche League International

Supporting Families with Relactation – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Relactation and Adoptive Breastfeeding:  The Basics – Kelly Bonyata, BS, IBCLC