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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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ALENCAR, Lucienne Christine Estevez de  and  SEIDL, Eliane Maria Fleury. Breast milk donation and social support: reports of women donors. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2010, vol.18, n.3, pp.381-389. ISSN 1518-8345.

The study aimed to characterize the behavior of human milk donation and to describe the informal social and formal institutional support, according to reports from women donors. It is an exploratory, cross-sectional, descriptive study using domicile interviews based on structured and semi-structured scripts. The participants were 36 women enrolled in two human milk banks of the public health system of the Federal District. Statistical analysis of quantitative data and categorical content analysis of qualitative data were performed. Categories of reasons that most influenced the frequency of expressing were: food, time availability, negative emotions and fluid intake. The manual expressing technique was reported as predominant. The use of breast shells was cited by almost a third of the donors. Most frequent suggestions for improving institutional support were more attention and support from the milk banks for the donor. The study may serve as a stimulus for the implementation of technical and political strategies to encourage this practice.

Keywords : Social Support; Milk, Human; Milk Banks; Gender and Health.

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