Human Milk Collection and Storage
This course developed by Jean Rhodes, PhD, CNM, IBCLC highlights issues related to the science and practice of human milk collection and storage. Over the last 30 years, research studies of this topic have examined a multitude of aspects of human milk under varying storage conditions. To highlight the diversity of this body of literature, three articles are reviewed: a laboratory study of the effects of storage on the anti-pathogenic activities of the human milk fat globule membrane; a current clinical protocol for milk storage and handling for healthy term infants; and a study of refrigerator storage of fresh milk in a NICU setting. Themes common to these articles are discussed as well as applications to clinical practice and areas for further study.