GOLD Learning Speakers


Katherine Carroll, PhD

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Lactation 2013
  • Country: Australia

Katherine Carroll (PhD) is a post-doctoral research fellow and medical sociologist at the Centre for Health Communication at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Her current research investigates the rise in popularity of donor human milk for feeding preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. Her research grant is titled, “Liquid Gold: Establishing the Place of Donor Human Milk in the Tissue Economy”, and is funded by the Australian Research Council. Her research field sites for this project include hospitals and milk banks in the United States of America, Norway, and Australia. Dr. Carroll second research project titled, “Milk Donation After Neonatal Death’ explores how bereaved mothers may obtain benefit from donating breast milk after a neonatal loss. This research will be used to develop national policy on milk donation after bereavement. Dr. Carroll’s employs qualitative research methodologies in order to explain the cultural and organizational complexities of delivering health care in high-acuity and ethically charged settings.

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The Cost of Donor Human Milk to Achieve Exclusive Human Milk Feeding for Very Preterm Infants in the NICU
An exclusively human milk diet is the gold standard for very premature infants admitted to the NICU. In order to achieve this, it is not uncommon for infants to require donor milk (DM) to supplement or wholly replace mothers own milk (MOM) in situations where MOM is unavailable. This presentation draws on data obtained from an American NICU and human milk bank. It details the cost of DM to achieve an exclusive human milk diet through adopting DM when MOM is unavailable. It is unique in that it accounts for the variation in DM required for infants as a result of variations in MOM supply. This presentation is suitable for all clinicians, managers, administrators and policy makers who are interested in costing donor milk programs for the preterm infant in NICU.
Hours / CE Credits: 0.5 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding and Lactation