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Advances in Neonatal Care:
doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000084
Beyond the Basics

Implementation of a Human Milk Management Center

Spatz, Diane L. PhD, RN-BC, FAAN; Schmidt, Katherine J. MSN, RN; Kinzler, Sue RD, LDN

Section Editor(s): Zukowsky, Ksenia PhD, APRN, NNP-BC - Section Editor

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Abstract

Current hospital practices surrounding the use of human milk and fortification are suboptimal. Safety of milk preparation should be a priority, as should optimization of the milk to meet the nutritional needs of hospitalized infants. This article describes the implementation of a human milk management center (HMMC) at a children's hospital. This centralized center allows for milk to be safely prepared under aseptic technique. In addition, the HMMC staff can analyze milk composition. The widely variable nutrient composition of human milk has been well established and, therefore, should be considered when fortifying human milk. The HMMC staff have the ability to perform creamatocrits on milk, conduct human milk nutrient analysis, and make skim milk for infants. The processes for developing an HMMC are also detailed in this article.

© 2014 by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses.

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