A doula collective is training emergency responders from across the state in best practices, filling a crucial gap in disaster response. As the climate crisis worsens, leading to more dangerous hurricanes and longer wildfire seasons, more mothers and breastfeeding parents -- who are already considered uniquely vulnerable to the climate crisis -- will need assistance to feed their babies in shelter settings. The New Orleans Breastfeeding Center, a grassroots program run by the collective, has updated its emergency infant feeding kits, tailoring them to help ensure parents can safely and easily feed their children in emergency shelters. The kits now include buckets instead of bags, which are filled with dish soap, bottle brushes, and liquid 2-ounce bottles of ready-to-feed formula -- the safest kind of formula in emergency situations since it does not require water or electricity.

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