If you’re a pregnant Prepper, you no doubt have considered the breastmilk or formula question already. Do you extreme coupon every offer for formula and stockpile now or do you just use what nature gave you and breastfeed?
To simplify the decision making process for you,I’ll tell you the answer: breastfeed. Or, as it will become known in a post-apocalyptic world :just plain feeding or good old fashioned “nursing”. There will be no need to distinguish the means to feed a baby. Breastfeeding will be the societal norm. Artificial formula will not be a widely viable feeding option if safe water becomes scarce. Ready-made formula will eventually expire and no longer be safe to feed to your baby. In nations where safe drinking water is not readily available or the formula itself is in short supply (usually due to economics), 4,000 babies die everyday because they are not breastfeed. This photo of a twins in Pakistan provide startling visualization of the difference breastfeeding can make:
You’re going to have to put your milk-making equipment to work or your post-apo baby isn’t ever going to grow up to become prime overlord of the new world. Yes, there are a few natural alternatives to formula that will be very important for those women who absolutely cannot breastfeed (goats milk, for one) but there’s quite a bit of security in making the milk yourself. Women in poverty and women who have experienced natural disasters that upheaved the infrastructure credit breastfeeding as one thing that helped feel a certain sense of safety for their child.
Besides, who wants to have to deal with sterilizing bottles and prepping formula in the midst of survival when you have milk on tap? Not I.
The convenience and practicality of breastfeeding aside, breast milk is the most perfectly designed food by nature for infants and in an undeveloped world, would provide many essential benefits to give an infant the best chance to thrive.
There are 101 reasons to breastfeed and it is true that a very small percentage of women cannot , even if they actually want to and think all 101 reasons sound great (we’ll talk about that some other time,I promise). The primary reasons many women who CAN breastfed but don’t or try to but don’t continue to is lack of education and support.Some of the reluctance to try has to do with having faith in your body in a current society that constantly tells us in many ways that we can have better living through science. Human biology is remarkable. ‘
Here are books I would strongly recommend adding to your post-apocalyptic bookshelf . All cover the fundamental basics (like how to latch on properly. VERY IMPORTANT! Your whole breastfeeding experience can be affected entirely by this one simple thing), problem solving, dietary needs, drug safety ,and more.