Most mothers in the United States want to breastfeed and start out doing so. However, despite the recommendation to breastfeed exclusively for about the first 6 months, less than 50% of infants were exclusively breastfed through 3 months and about 25% were exclusively breastfed through 6 months. These rates suggest that mothers may not be getting the support they need from health care providers, family members, and employers to meet their breastfeeding goals.
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Emergencies occur when we least expect and are least prepared. Infants are very vulnerable during disasters. Mixing infant formula with contaminated water can lead to infant disease and even death. Lack of electricity can also make it difficult to store formula. Use the link to find out more about breastfeeding during disasters.
Interview with Dr. Thomas Hale, PhD, author of Medications and Mother's Milk
Dr. Thomas Hale, PhD, started the Infant Risk Center and is the author of Medications and Mothers' Milk, one of the primary guides the medical field uses to find out if a medication can be safely taken while breastfeeding.