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For more information about the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists For more information about the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists or to find a service in your area, call (866) 626-6847 or visit us online at: Breastfeeding Following a Natural Disaster The information below will help you determine whether certain exposures that a mother might come in contact with following a natural disaster are safe for her breastfed infant. This information should not take the place of medical care and advice from your health care provider. Why is breastfeeding good for my baby? There are many benefits to breastfeeding. Breast milk is the best source of nutrients for your growing baby. It can also help protect babies from infection. Breastfeeding costs much less than bottle- feeding. It is more convenient because there are no bottles to wash or formula to buy, mix, and refrigerate. If you are breastfeeding during a natural disaster, there is no need to worry about finding safe, clean water to mix formula or to wash bottles. Breastfeeding also can be soothing and reduce stress for both a mother and her baby. How can I keep my breast milk as safe as possible? Because many substances enter breast milk in very small amounts, they are not likely to harm a breastfed baby. In many instances, the benefits of breastfeeding far outweigh any risk from an exposure. However, it is important to know what you are exposed to and consider whether it might affect your breastfed baby. If you notice anything unusual, tell your health care provider right away. This is especially important after a natural disaster, when you or your baby could be exposed to things you wouldn’t usually be exposed to. What could I be exposed to in a natural disaster that might pass to my baby in breast milk? Vaccinations Vaccinations are given to protect people from s

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