August is World Breastfeeding Month and the first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week! This 2009 theme for World Breastfeeding is Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response. Across the world, when disasters strike, breastfed babies weather emergency situations better than their formula-fed counterparts due to the ready availability of a safe and clean food supply. When formula and clean water are not available, formula-fed babies are at risk of suffering and death. Breastfeeding also protects from the diseases that can be spread during disasters when living areas are contaminated by waste. Breastfeeding is one important way of being prepared to care for your infant in an emergency!