Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies, including COVID-19*
*Page updated November 10, 2021
On this page:
- COVID-19 & Infant Feeding Resources
- COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance for Pregnant and Lactating People
- COVID-19 Interim Guidance for Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies
- Resources for Families
- Resources for Health Care Providers, Lactation Support Providers, and Administrators
- Resources for Public Health Workforce and Advocates
- Take Action to Protect Infant & Young Child Feeding in Emergencies
Urge policymakers to take three swift actions to integrate infant and young child feeding into future emergency preparedness and response efforts with the "Tell Policymakers: Infant Feeding is a Vital Part of Emergency Preparedness & Response" action tool!
Please take action and share widely with your networks!
Pregnant and breastfeeding families, health care providers, and all public health stakeholders are urged to share stories about how the pandemic and pandemic response is impacting young families through the "How is the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacting Infant Feeding?" story tool.
Your insights will help guide USBC's work to create a landscape of breastfeeding support, during this pandemic and beyond. There are options to share privately and anonymously.
Why is your action today so important? The COVID-19 pandemic has created seismic shifts in the infant and young child feeding landscape with dangerous compromises to the initiation and establishment of breastfeeding.
To document how breastfeeding families have been impacted, the USBC is publishing a series of documents titled "Voices from the Field: COVID-19 and Infant Feeding." These publications aim to demonstrate the impact of the pandemic and associated policy responses on the infant feeding experience. Stories shared privately with USBC are not included in public documents.
- The first installment is a synthesis of stories that were shared with the USBC from March 20 through April 9, 2020
- The second installment is a sampling of stories shared with the USBC between April 9 and May 13, 2020