August 16, 1985

Human Milk Banking

Author Affiliations

Brown University Program in Medicine Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island Providence


edited by A. F. Williams and J. D. Baum (Nestlé Nutrition Workshop Series, vol 5), 196 pp, with illus, $23.50, New York, Raven Press, 1984.

JAMA. 1985;254(7):968. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360070114041

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This book compiles 16 manuscripts presented at a Nestlé nutrition workshop that deal with the principles and technology of human-milk banking and its application to clinical practice. As in most multiauthored books, the quality and style of the chapters in this publication vary considerably. To my knowledge, however, there are very few publications (if any) that have dealt specifically with this topic in detail and with considerable expertise.

The principles of ultrafiltration and the methodology for preparation of milk concentrate and fraction are highly technical and will be useful to the readers who have specific interest in this area. The various chapters dealing with the clinical and nutritional aspects of human milk are, in general, excellent and should be of considerable interest to clinicians.

It is increasingly evident that human milk is an important nutritional resource for the feeding of high-risk infants, particularly those of low birth weight. The technical