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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2013 Jul;42(4):451-61. doi: 10.1111/1552-6909.12220. Epub 2013 Jun 17.

Peer-to-peer milk donors' and recipients' experiences and perceptions of donor milk banks.

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School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia. karleeng@uws.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore the intersection of peer-to-peer milk sharing and donor milk banks.

METHODS:

A descriptive survey design containing closed and open-ended questions was used to examine women's perceptions of peer-to-peer milk sharing and milk banking. Closed-ended questions were analyzed using descriptive statistics and conventional qualitative content analysis was used to analyze open-ended responses.

SETTING:

Participants were recruited via the Facebook sites of two online milk-sharing networks (Human Milk 4 Human Babies and Eats on Feet).

PARTICIPANTS:

Ninety-eight milk donors and 41 milk recipients who had donated or received breast milk in an arrangement that was facilitated via the Internet.

RESULTS:

One half of donor recipients could not donate to a milk bank because there were no banks local to them or they did not qualify as donors. Other respondents did not donate to a milk bank because they viewed the process as difficult, had philosophical objections to milk banking, or had a philosophical attraction to peer sharing. Most donor respondents felt it was important to know the circumstances of their milk recipients. No recipient respondents had obtained milk from a milk bank; it was recognized that they would not qualify for banked milk or that banked milk was cost prohibitive.

CONCLUSION:

Peer-to-peer milk donors and recipients may differ from milk bank donors and recipients in significant ways. Cooperation between milk banks and peer sharing networks could benefit both groups.

KEYWORDS:

milk banking; milk sharing; social media; wet nursing

PMID:
23772947
DOI:
10.1111/1552-6909.12220
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