Procurement and use of breastmilk substitutes in humanitarian settings

Breastfeeding is vital to child health and infants should only be breastfed from birth until 6 months of age. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is the healthiest way to feed an infant for these first 180 days. Breastmilk contains antibodies and other components that protect children against deadly infections, no matter where they live. This life-saving protection is especially vital in emergency contexts. Breastfeeding remains an important part of children’s diets in the first two years of life and beyond.

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