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"Paying it Forward" - Swedish Women's Experiences of Donating Human Milk
Örebro Univ, Fac Med & Hlth, Dept Pediatricsm, Örebro, Sweden.;Örebro Univ, Sch Hlth Sci, Fac Med & Hlth, Örebro, Sweden..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health. Univ Hosp, Neonatal Intens Care Unit, Uppsala, Sweden.;Uppsala Univ, Dept Womens & Childrens Hlth, S-75185 Uppsala, Sweden..ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2953-5485
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Research group (Dept. of women´s and children´s health), Perinatal, Neonatal and Pediatric Cardiology Research. Univ Hosp, Neonatal Intens Care Unit, Uppsala, Sweden.;Uppsala Univ, Dept Womens & Childrens Hlth, S-75185 Uppsala, Sweden..ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5955-1278
2021 (English)In: Journal of Human Lactation, ISSN 0890-3344, E-ISSN 1552-5732, Vol. 37, no 1, p. 87-94, article id 0890334420979245Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background Human milk is recommended as the only nutritional source during the first 6 months of life. For preterm infants, the benefits of human milk are even more important and can alleviate the negative influences of preterm birth. Research aim To describe how Swedish human milk donors experienced the donation process. Method A prospective mixed methods mail survey was designed. It was sent to human milk donors (N = 72) at two Swedish hospitals. Quantitative data are presented with descriptive statistics and qualitative data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Results The infants were between newborn and 17 weeks of age when the participants started their human milk donations, and the duration of the donation period lasted 1-24 weeks. The overall theme identified was the participants' strong desire to help infants, often expressed as being involved in saving infants' lives. Many participants experienced difficulties getting the information needed to become human milk donors; for others, expressing milk required both time and energy that they could otherwise spend with their own newborn infants. Conclusion Donating human milk can be experienced as a demanding and strenuous task. Therefore, it is important that women who donate human milk receive the practical help from health care staff that they feel they need. Furthermore, information and knowledge about the possibility of donating human milk, and how important human milk is for preterm and/or sick infants, are important in order to increase the number of women willing to donate human milk.

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SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC Sage Publications, 2021. Vol. 37, no 1, p. 87-94, article id 0890334420979245
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breastfeeding, breast pumping, human milk expression, milk banking
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-440097DOI: 10.1177/0890334420979245ISI: 000628927200001PubMedID: 33275499OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-440097DiVA, id: diva2:1544751
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