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How to save babies during calamities #haiyan #yolanda

During emergency situations, disease and death rates among children under-five are generally higher than for any other age group. The younger the infant, the higher the risk. 
Focusing on the appropriate feeding of infants and young children can reduce the risk of malnutrition and mortality.
During the first six months of life, no other food or liquid is usually required to meet the nutritional requirements of an infant other than breast milk. As these requirements change, complementary foods are subsequently needed. Under normal circumstances, infants who are not breastfed for the first six months are five times more likely to die from pneumonia and fourteen times more likely to die from diarrhea than infants who are exclusively breastfed. The valuable protection from infection and its consequences that breast milk provides is all the more important in environments without safe water supply and sanitation.

There is a common misconception that in emergencies, many mothers can no longer…