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Perinatology. 2017 Mar;28(1):11-19. Korean. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.14734/PN.2017.28.1.11
Hahn WH , Song JH , Park S , Kang NM , Ahn S , Song S .
Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Soon Chun Hyang University, Korea.
Department of Biostatistics, Soonchunhyang Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Nursing, Konkuk University, Chungju, Korea. nmkang03@kku.ac.kr
Department of Nursing, College of Nursing, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea.
Department of Political Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Human milk bank is known as best alternative option for sick infants. However, only two human milk banks (HMBs) are working in Korea. In the present study, we evaluated the awareness on the HMB in female health care provider to find out the issues that would help facilitating HMB establishment in Korea. METHODS: The survey questionnaire was developed by a team composed with neonatologists, obstetricians, nurses, nutritionists, and health care specialists. The survey was performed for female health care workers in Soon Chun Hyang Cheonan Hospital between March and June in 2016. Eighty-eight of 110 questionnaires were collected and the results were analyzed. RESULTS: Most of subjects were found to have correct knowledge on the breast milk feeding. However, only 49% of subjects had awareness of the presence of HMB. Unfortunately, less than half of them could get information about HMB by official way including mass media. In addition, 76% of subjects were found not to want to use HMB. Most important reason was found as a concern on the safety of donor milk including life style of donors, infection controls, and possible nutritional loss of banked milk. CONCLUSION: The purpose and function of HMB was not widely educated and it seems to be one of most important reasons why women have negative concept about HMB in Korea. Thus, further study is warranted with more numbers of subjects after active public education about the HMB.

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