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Human milk banking to 1985

By Virginia Thorley


This paper provides a literature review of the use of donor human milk by hospitals in Australia and elsewhere from the postwar period through to the early 1980s, and establishes the context for a small study of practices which happened in that period. The latter study will be reported elsewhere. The purpose of this paper is to provide a resource for future comparison when the history of the new hospital milk banks of the 21st century is written. Relevant literature in English and two articles in French were accessed

Topics: Human milk banks, Hospitals, History, Voluntary organisations, Australia
Publisher: Australian Breastfeeding Association
Year: 2012
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