Ensuring safety in donor human milk banking in neonatal intensive care

Ben T. Hartmann

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    The provision of donor human milk avoids the risks associated with early infant formula feeding only when maternal milk is unavailable. Donor human milk-banking services (DHMBS) should provide an effective clinical service that causes no harm to donors or recipients. This article aims to begin the process of defining the minimum acceptable standard required for safe donor human milk banking in the neonatal unit. An assessment process is established to consider the potential risks and benefits of milk banking to both recipients and donors. These risks and benefits define the clinical responsibility of DHMBS and their social responsibility.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)131-149
    Number of pages19
    JournalClinics in Perinatology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017


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