We have become so accustomed to the ready availability of cows milk, or sometimes other sources, such as goat or soy, that we have neglected the best source– the human breast. What is not often appreciated is that human milk, according to one expert on the subject, "exerts effects far beyond its nutritional value." The full impact of that concept in a TEOTWAWKI (The End of the World as We Know It) situation is the subject of this article.
An adult can survive for weeks without food and days without water, but infants in the first few weeks of life will succumb quickly when either breastmilk or formula is not available for even a short time. Substitutes that might be available during a disaster will not be adequate.
In a regional disaster, such as a moderate earthquake, it might be possible to obtain supplies within hours or days from unaffected neighbors. In a massive collapse, such as an EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse), a nationwide cyber attack, or a severe earthquake that involves a wide area, the lack of food and safe water, communications, and transportation will affect our youngest children soonest, unless we preserve the single best infant survival resource– breastmilk.