Presentation Information

Lourdes M. Santaballa Mora

Equity and Safer Infant Feeding in Times of Disaster and Civil Unrest

  • Speaker: Lourdes M. Santaballa Mora , IBCLC, IYCFS, BA
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU
Abstract:

In times of civil instability and changing global climate, we risk natural disasters, infrastructure failure, terrorist situation, police brutality, mass migration, chemical accident, war or other type of emergencies. Infants and young children under the age of 2 are the most vulnerable due to their dependence on adults for survival and their delicate physiology. We know that lactation in emergencies saves lives, yet the unrest that occurs in the days immediately after the disaster may contribute to premature weaning. At the same time, many babies are not breast or chestfed at all or only partially. This session will explore the methods to preserve breastfeeding, decrease the use of formula and other human milk substitutes, promote relactation, and teach appropriate complementary feeding in a disaster appropriate, low tech and resource limited environment. We will also discuss the colonial and patriarchal of humanitarian relief and how to make equity our focal point.