Journal article

Factors Associated with the Use of Pasteurized Donor Milk for Healthy Newborns: Experience from the First Human Milk Bank in Vietnam (Hoang TT., 2021. Nutrients)

13 Mar 21
Topic(s): Breastfeeding, Human milk bank, Research
Location: East Asia Pacific
Language(s): English
Audience: Health and service providers, Program designers and implementers

This study investigates the prolonged use of privately purchased pasteurized donor milk (PDM) in healthy newborns, which can undermine breastfeeding promotion efforts and waste resources of PDM for more vulnerable newborns. Results reveal that the use of privately purchased PDM was associated with non-medical factors with no direct link to medical limits on exclusive breastfeeding; including cesarean sections, prescription bias, first-time mothers, male newborns, and higher birthweight. These findings can be used to develop strategies to improve breastfeeding practices and conserve PDM for at-risk newborns.