Patterns and Predictors of Donor Human Milk Non-consent in the Neonatal ICU

  • Elizabeth A. Brownell, Mary M. Lussier, Donna Bielecki, Tracey A. Proulx, Patricia Esposito, Carrie-Ellen Briere, Victor C. Herson, James I. Hagadorn
  • Breastfeeding Medicine, October 2014, Mary Ann Liebert Inc
  • DOI: 10.1089/bfm.2014.0044

Donor Human Milk Non-Consent in the NICU

What is it about?

Previous research has not evaluated predictors of donor human milk (DHM) non-consent status in a neonatal ICU setting within the United States. The purpose of this study is to identify and describe maternal and infant factors associated with DHM consent status in a Level IV inner-city NICU.

Why is it important?

Data were analyzed for 113 mother-infant dyads from the first 18 months of a DHM program, with 65 mothers consenting to DHM and 48 not consenting. Race, ethnicity, marital status, education, delivery mode qualified for inclusion into the multivariable model. Black race, other race and marital status statistically predicted DHM non-consent in a level IV inner-city neonatal ICU. hese results are relevant to all NICUs who use DHM and to those developing DHM programs.

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