The news has been filled with images from Japan. Earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear reactor failure, etc. What is one to do? What can we do? What if, what if, what if?
The first thing to remember as nursing moms is to continue nursing. As we well remember from Katrina, the babies who were nursed thrived. They did not suffer the severe dehydration or exposure to toxic sewage water that other babies were exposed to. There were moms who were cross-nursing to save lives of babies whose moms made the decision to not breastfeed. There were moms who were nursing babies keeping them alive while their mothers were missing. No food, no water, and these moms were nursing.
The human body knows what to do and adjust accordingly. The nursing baby will take from the mother's body (her fat reserves) to provide milk for the baby.
The same thing has happened in many other places around the world. In China, a police officer who was also a mom nursed a total of NINE babies to keep them alive. She had only one baby of her own. But, her body quickly accommodated to provide what those babies needed.
The only difference in Japan is the nuclear reactors. The babies still need to be breastfed. However, with the nuclear reactors, they, along with every other human, need KI and a medical doctor to dose it properly to protect them from the radiation.
Continue breastfeeding. Your life and the life of your baby depends on it.