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Korean J Pediatr 2010 April;53(4) :488-494.
A report on operating a nationwide human milk bank in Korea
Kang Hoon Song (Song KH)1, Yoo Min Lee (Lee YM)1, Ji Young Chang (Chang JY)1, Eun Young Park (Park EY)2, Sung Ae Park (Park SA)2, Nam Kyu Cho (Cho NK)2, Chong-Woo Bae (Bae CW)1
1Department of Pediatrics, Kyung Hee University East West Neo Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
2Mother & Infant Care Center, Kyung Hee University East West Neo Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding Author: Chong-Woo Bae ,Email:
Copyright © 2010 by The Korean Pediatric Society
Purpose : A human milk bank collects, processes, eliminates, and stores breast milk from donors and provides breast milk to those in need. The authors hereby present the experiences and the objective lessons obtained through operating a nationwide human milk bank over a period of 2 years. Methods : The characteristics of the donors and the recipients and the amounts of breast milk donated, processed, and received at the East-West Neo Medical Center Human Milk Bank were investigated from August 2007 to August 2009. Results : The donor pool consisted of 131 first-time donors and 39 repeat donors who made 341 and 127 donations, respectively. Seventy-nine percent of the donors resided in the Seoul-Kyunggi area, and 60% of the donors were in their 30s. Most information and motivation came from the Internet (66%) or television (14%). A total of 2,736 L of breast milk was collected, and 1,979 L were processed. The cumulative number of recipients was 160 preterm or full-term infants and 21 adults, each group receiving the breast milk 337 and 41 times, respectively. In total, infants received 1,663 L and adults received 179 L. Conclusion : Through the present study, the role and importance of a human milk bank in collecting, pasteurizing, and storing surplus breast milk in through sanitary, medically proven methods and providing this breast milk to recipients could be appreciated and reevaluated. The authors believe that a national support system is necessary to expand this practice to a nationwide scale.
Keywords: Human milk | Breastfeeding | Milk bank
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