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Emergency Breastfeeding Info


LLL has set up breastfeeding info in an emergency websites for relief workers and press members to access.

If you want to learn more go to and type in "emergency".
Here is the press release:
When an Emergency Strikes Breastfeeding Can Save Lives, Part 2


September 1, 2005 ( Schaumburg , IL ) When an emergency occurs, such
as the recent Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast, breastfeeding saves

Breastfeeding protects babies from the risks of a contaminated water
supply. It provides protection against respiratory illnesses and
diarrhea--diseases that can be fatal in populations displaced by

The basics of breastfeeding during an emergency are much the same as
they are in normal times. Continuing to breastfeed whenever the baby
seems hungry maintains a mother's milk supply and provides familiar
comfort. The release of hormones while a mother is breastfeeding
relieves stress and anxiety and is calming to both mother and baby.


If it is within even five days of the birth a mother can have a full
milk supply quickly by putting the baby to the breast immediately and
breastfeeding the baby, every two to three hours or more frequently.
Breast milk is 87% water, so the mother should drink to thirst plus a
little bit more. Drinking too much water is not recommended as the
mother will be uncomfortable and no additional milk will be produced.


If a mother has not just recently given birth, but it is up to six
months after birth she can relactate by putting baby to the breast,
or express the breast, every two hours. Initially she may be
producing only drops per day. Her milk will increase by about one
ounce every 24 hours. Mother then decreases the amount of formula, or
donated human milk from another mother, by about one ounce a day. The
younger the baby the sooner it will be to establish a full milk supply.

For more information on breastfeeding during an emergency, check out
this page on the La Leche League Web site at

La Leche League Leaders are trained community volunteers who answer
questions about breastfeeding. To contact a LLL Leader in the US go
to: or call 800 LA LECHE,
Option 4.

Since 1956 La Leche League International, a nonprofit organization
now in over 60 countries, has helped mothers worldwide to breastfeed
through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, and education.
( or 800 LA LECHE).

We should try to call as many news outlets to get them to talk about this in order to get the info out to as many people as possible. Also are any sewing mamas up to sewing a few slings and sending them down to the astrodome with the la leche info?

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The congress site is especially useful, except that you can only do five at a time, but i did it by state and i did it for all the media contacts(that have e-mail) in MS and LA. Still need to work on Texas and Alabama. Come one mamas, can anyone else help?? Any sewing mamas??
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