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A Guide for Creating Operational Standards

By Maternal, Newborn, Child Health & Nutrition

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The purpose of this guide is to provide a layout and template for developing guidelines for human milk banking. This includes advice for the overall processes necessary for a human milk bank (HMB) to function in a way that protects, promotes, and supports breastfeeding and access to human milk. This guide is intended to assist local policymakers and HMB stakeholders in creating national-level guidelines for the operation of an HMB. The creation of the subsequent guideline does not replace the standard operating procedures of individual HMBs but should instead set national-level standards for local HMB operation. This is a quality assurance guide based on current research and best practices. Institutions must keep up to date with evidence to ensure the best outcomes in their own settings.