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Table 4 Perceived reasons for and against the belief and use of donor milk amongst respondents

From: Perception of donor breast milk and determinants of its acceptability among mothers in a developing community: a cross-sectional multi-center study in south-east Nigeria

Reasons for Donor Milka n (%)
 • Mothers breast milk is not flowing 127 (31.4)
 • Baby is crying, and mother is not around 75 (18.6)
 • Mother is sick and cannot breast feed 139 (34.4)
 • Mothers breast milk is not safe for baby 12 (3.0)
 • Baby is not gaining weight because of inadequate milk 4 (1.0)
 • Donor milk is convenient and safe 1 (0.2)
 • To prevent breast from sagging 1 (0.2)
 • Other unspecified reasons 45 (11)
 Total 404
Reasons against Donor Milka N (%)
 • Donor milk is not culturally accepted 191 (11.8)
 • Donor milk is not religiously accepted 109 (6.7)
 • There is risk of infection transmission 426 (26.3)
 • Not sure its hygienically prepared 217 (13.4)
 • Concerns about HIV, Hepatitis B and C 241 (14.9)
 • Social and societal stigma 92 (5.7)
 • Not a common practice and generally unacceptable 160 (9.9)
 • Fear of transmission of bad genetic traits 185 (11.3)
 Total 1621
  1. aMultiple responses were allowed