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The Milk Sharing Conundrum - The Grey Area Between Scope and Need

by Laurel A. Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, INHC, CLSP, CLE, BSc
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits:
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: GOLD Lactation 2014

All human babies have the right to breastmilk exclusivity. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways - breastfeeding, expressed breastmilk via a feeding device, or pasteurized donor human milk. Recently there has been much attention placed on the traditional, though professionally frowned upon, practice of informal milk peer to peer milk sharing. The increasing popularity of milk sharing via social media, the growing attention on the importance of breastmilk exclusivity, the increasing awareness of potential dangers of artificial milk, and the inability for donor milk banks to provide donor milk for more than those in critical need has led professionals and families to an impass. Even though some professionals have warned against the practice, its use is becoming more widespread. Finding policy and recommended practices can be difficult. This presentation reviews the current challenges and realities of milk sharing while helping professionals provide best practice recommendations.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Define wet nursing and donor milk.
Objective 2: Identify 2 ways in which the process of accessing donor human milk is different from share milk.
Objective 3: Identify at least two reasons mothers may need access to shared milk who may not have access to donor milk.
Objective 4: Identify at least 2 risks to infant of artificial milk.
Objective 5:Identify at least two serious issues to contemplate when mothers access share milk.List at least three things that are important to screen for prior to accessing share milk.
Objective 6: Identify the four pillars of Milk Sharing.
Objective 7: Identify at least three online resources for families in need of breastmilk for their children.
Objective 7:Define professional scope of practice in terms of milk sharing.

Categories: Human Donor Milk,