Use of Human Donor Milk (ACM) Position Statement - 2014

Use of Donor Human Milk (ACM) Position Statement - 2014.

The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) supports the rights of babies to optimal nutrition and the right of women to make informed infant feeding decisions, which includes the use of donor human milk.

The ACM supports and encourages women to exclusively breastfeed their children to six months, with continued breastfeeding to 12 months and beyond as recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Infant Feeding Guidelines: Information for Health Workers (2012). The benefits of exclusive breastfeeding are well documented (Ip, et al 2007; AAP 2012), as are the risks of milk sharing or using artificial formula (Gribble and Hausman 2012). Health professionals and parents need to be aware of these benefits and risks when making an informed decision on how infants are fed. The ACM believes parents should be fully informed of the options to achieve exclusive and continued breastfeeding, and supports the use of donor human milk as one option to achieve ongoing breastfeeding.