Notes On Using This Kit

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The materials in this basic rapid response bundle include information and helpful guides for health workers, frontline responders, shelter managers, and volunteers supporting families in their communities.
These are some key resources to assist in supporting families with infants and young children (from birth to 2 years of age) in providing safe nutrition during emergencies.
To download the complete kit as a zip (compressed) file, please click here: CGBI- L.I.F.E. Support Basic Kit. We recommend that you take a moment to review the components of the bundle and decide what resources best fit the needs for your organization and affected families. Feel free to use and print them or as a guide to develop tailored resources.

U.S. CDC Guidance for Infant Feeding in Emergencies

L.I.F.E.™ Support- Basic Kit v.1.2 COMPONENTS

[Last Updated 9/21/2018]

IFE Core Group Operational Guidance

IFE Operational Guidance for Emergency Relief Staff and Programme Managers : A comprehensive guide for policies and procedures to support infant feeding in emergencies

Save the Children Response assessment, planning and support tools

Full Save the Children IYCF-E Toolkit v.3

Selected components included in the bundle:

Basic Emergency Nutrition Guidance

AAP Flyer Infant Feeding In Disasters and Emergencies (ENGLISH, SPANISH): Information for frontline support and parents, including a decision-making tree on page 2 that is useful for supporters

Guide on Hand Expression created by LER (ENGLISH and SPANISH): This is helpful for parents who rely on milk expression (“pumping”) their milk with a device and can be used along with guidance for cup feeding. Avoiding pumps, bottles, and nipples is important when access to sanitary milk expression and feeding environments is limited.

WHO Formula Preparation Guides (ENGLISH and SPANISH) – other languages available: Important guidance for shelter workers or others working in settings where they may be preparing formula for families to use. Also, good information to share with families or have posted in areas within shelters or other settings where parents will be preparing formula themselves.

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Resources from Postpartum Support International

Resources from the SAMHSA Disaster Kit

Resources from Save the Children and Zero-to-Three


Example of Toddler play area signs to encourage creating safe play spaces for infants and young children (0-3)

CGBI- Toddler Play Area ENGLISH | CGBI- Toddler Play Area SPANISH

Examples of Posters to Remind Helpers of Key Points*:

*Refer to the IFE Operational Guidance for complete instructions, and for additional ideas for creating signs that may assist staff and helpers.


Rapid Needs Assessment


Toddler Play Area


Breastfeeding Area Sign

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