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J Hum Lact. 2012 May;28(2):125-7. doi: 10.1177/0890334411434803. Epub 2012 Feb 6.

The concept of milk kinship in Islam: issues raised when offering preterm infants of Muslim families donor human milk.

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Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada.


Research has documented health benefits associated with donor human milk (DHM). Offering DHM to people of the Muslim faith raises important religious concerns for these families. Knowledge of these beliefs and an understanding of the rationale for these beliefs enable the health care team to establish rapport and build a foundation of trust with patients and their families, thereby paving the way to developing a treatment plan that is in the best interest of the patients without compromising care. This article describes the issues and a rationale for them and provides physicians caring for preterm infants of Muslim families with information to facilitate advocating DHM to those families.

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