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Affordability and Availability of Pasteurized Donor Human Milk

Spatz, Diane L. PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: November/December 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 6 - p 362
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000386
ONGOING COLUMNS: Breastfeeding

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a new position statement on Pasteurized Donor Human Milk (PDHM) earlier this year, emphasizing the importance of PDHM for hospitalized infants. The position statement highlights the need for PDHM for infants less than 1500 grams but acknowledges that there may be a role for PDHM to be used for other infants such as those with abdominal wall defects. Our breastfeeding expert, Dr. Diane Spatz, discusses this issue in detail.

Diane L. Spatz is a Professor of Perinatal Nursing & the Helen M. Shearer Professor of Nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a joint appointment with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) where she is a nurse researcher, director of the lactation program, and clinical coordinator of CHOP's Mothers' Milk Bank. Dr. Spatz can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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