Title

Mothers Who Engage in Long-Term Informal Milk Sharing.

Author ORCiD Identifier

Spatz: 0000-0001-7316-6616

Publication Title

MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing

Document Type

Article

PubMed ID

32956171

Abstract

Human milk has repeatedly been shown to be the best form of infant nutrition. Many reasons may prevent a family from providing human milk to their child, leaving them to seek other options. One alternative is informal milk sharing, where individuals and families find donor milk through online communities. We present perspectives from three mothers who used informal milk sharing for at least 6 months. Common themes identified are sadness, guilt, and stigmatization of informal milk sharing. Implications for practice include providing families and practitioners with resources for learning about informal milk sharing and navigating the community safely.

DOI

10.1097/nmc.0000000000000660

Publication Date

11-1-2020

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