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Breastfeed Med. 2008 Dec;3(4):221-9. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2007.0037.

U.S. health policy and access to banked donor human milk.

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  • 1National Commission on Donor Milk Banking, American Breastfeeding Institute, East Sandwich, Massachusetts 02537, USA.


Abstract Barriers to the use of banked donor milk are numerous, and many patients are denied access to it because of lack of policy explicitly addressing its use. This examination of U.S. health policies, both governmental and professional, addressing child health and breastfeeding suggests where donor milk banking services should be included to fulfill the ethical principles of justice (fair access) and autonomy. The need for research to support future policy development is also highlighted.

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