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Breastfeeding Saves Lives in an Emergency - Angeliz Rivera from Puerto Rico

This week’s National Breastfeeding Month theme is: Breastfeeding saves lives in an emergency.There are many questions regarding child feeding during natural emergencies, such as a hurricane or the current COVID-19 pandemic. Is it safe to breastfeed? What happens when moms are separated from their children? Can changes in a breastfeeding mother’s diet during a natural emergency affect the nutritional content of their breast milk?

To help us answer some of these questions, this week, we spoke with Angeliz Rivera- a registered nurse and breastfeeding mother of a 10-month-old baby. She cares for patients in the prenatal clinic at the University District Hospital (UDH) in Puerto Rico’s Medical Center.

Angeliz shared her experience working as a nurse when Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, leading the island into a desperate humanitarian crisis. She also shared useful tips on how to raise awareness about the importance of breast milk in daily life. Check out our intervi…