Breastfeeding is a major factor in infant protection and nutrition, enabling health and stability in an infant during a crisis. However, due to the indiscriminate distribution of breastmilk substitutes combined with many widely disseminated misconceptions about breastmilk, many mothers believe that formula feeding is best. These mothers unwittingly put their children at high risk and often need support to maintain or increase breastfeeding.The World Health Organization states that infants should be exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of life with breastfeeding and complementary foods both given until two years of age or beyond. During a crisis, this is even more lifesaving than at other times. We offer:
World Health Organization/UNICEF
Isolation and alienation can be devastating to the refugee/migrant population. Women come to AMURTEL not only for physical care but also for creating friendships and community. Support groups, besides being educational, offer this level of connection and aid a mother’s resilience.
Women in camps and community centers who cannot come to AMURTEL benefit from all our services through the outreach program. We are currently offering educational support groups and/or midwifery care in three camps and seven community venues.
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