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Breastfeeding support in emergencies: Policy implications for humanitarian relief agencies

Michelle A. Angeletti, MSW, PhD

Abstract


While breastfeeding provides numerous benefits to infants and young children, these benefits are especially evident during and after emergencies. This article describes the benefits of breastfeeding in emergencies and provides guidelines that can be implemented by humanitarian relief agencies to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

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breastfeeding, lactation, infant feeding, emergency management, disasters

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.2009.0085

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