Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) Toolkit
Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and tornados, can make it difficult for parents or caregivers to feed their infants and young children safely and appropriately.
With this toolkit, CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) provides information and resources for emergency preparedness and response personnel, families, and the public to ensure that children are fed safely when disaster strikes.
The toolkit contains:
- Information, resources, and tools for states, communities, programs and emergency preparedness and response personnel on how to best support families and provide optimal nutrition to infants and young children during emergencies.
- Printable handouts that can be used with or given to families.
- Information for families and caregivers on common questions and how to be prepared to feed infants and young children during emergencies.
- Information for the public on donations during emergencies.
Intended Audiences: States, communities, programs, and emergency preparedness and response personnel
- IYCF-E toolkit introduction
- Health equity considerations
- Emergency preparedness, response, and recovery
- Facts about infant feeding during emergencies
- Supporting optimal IYCF-E in emergency shelter settings
- Creating safe family-friendly spaces in emergency shelters
- Rapid needs assessment intake for IYCF-E
- Feeding solid foods during a natural disaster or emergency
- Supporting families with relactation
- Infant feeding signage for shelters
- Additional resources for IYCF-E
Intended Audiences: Families, caregivers, and the public
Handouts to download or print
- Hand expression
- Cup feeding infants during emergencies
- How to prepare and store powdered infant formula during an emergency
- How to clean infant feeding items during emergencies
- Be prepared: Emergency preparation checklist for families with infants and young children
- Rapid Needs Assessment Intake for Infant and Young Child Feeding an Emergency