When our partners at Nurture Project International first arrived Eli camp near Idomeni. “The mothers had no privacy, there was no support for infant feeding, and independent volunteers were going tent to tent handing out bottles of formula. While they thought they were helping, it was dangerous…

Formula use in refugee camps is dangerous because when the supply is unstable women will dilute the milk – they add water to it and the babies don’t get enough nutrients. Often the powdered milk, which is not sterile, can’t be heated properly. Just as you don’t eat raw chicken, you can’t drink formula without using boiling water. The formula is often out of date – I have seen some that is two years past its “use by” date, or volunteers put it in bags to hand out so there is no clue of how old it is.

Nurture Project International (…) set up a space so the women can have a private place to go and breastfeed with support from our team. A lot of breastfeeding is psychological – you have to have confidence, you have to have support.”

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