Food Safety for Infants After a Natural Disaster

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  • Breastfed infants should continue breastfeeding.
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Formula Feeding

  • For formula-fed infants, use ready-to-feed formula if possible.
  • If using ready-to-feed formula is not possible, it is best to use bottled water to prepare powdered or concentrated formula.
  • If bottled water is not available, boil water for 1 minute and let it cool before mixing with formula.
  • Use treated water to prepare formula only if you do not have bottled or boiled water.
  • Clean feeding bottles and nipples with bottled, boiled, or treated water before each use.
  • If your baby is younger than 2 months old, was born prematurely, or has a weakened immune system, consider taking extra precautions to safely prepare powdered infant formula when ready-to-feed formula is not available.
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Hand Washing

  • Wash your hands before preparing formula and before feeding an infant. You can use alcohol-based hand sanitizer for washing your hands if the water supply is limited
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