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Food for infants in emergencies

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Many households may lose access to water, electricity and food stores during emergency events such as floods, storms, cyclones or bushfires in Queensland.

Infants are especially vulnerable during these events and require special care and attention.

Please refer to the emergency pantry list for breastfed infants (aged 0–12 months) and emergency pantry list for formula-fed infants (aged 0–12 months) which outline the food required for one infant for three days.

The pantry lists are based on the national Infant Feeding Guidelines and will help ensure your infant has adequate food during an emergency. The pantry list should be adapted for infants on special feeding regimes such as diets for food intolerances and allergies. 

Infant requirements

Your infant's age will dictate their nutritional requirements as follows: 

Refer to the emergency pantry list for breastfed infants (aged 0–12 months) and emergency pantry list for formula-fed infants (aged 0–12 months) for the specific needs of each age group.


Please consider the following options if you are breastfeeding or mix-feeding (breast milk and formula) your infant:

Formula feeding

Emergency situations can make the safe preparation of infant formula very challenging due to limited clean water, electricity and medical care.

If your infant is formula-fed, please ensure you prepare an emergency kit for your infant in a sturdy, sealed container. If possible, take this kit with you if you are evacuated from your home.

Parents and carers with infants should go to their nearest evacuation centre if their household is without running water and/or power for more than three days.

Further information

The following information may also assist you:

Further advice and support is available from:

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Last Updated: 14 December 2015
Last Reviewed: 30 October 2013

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