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The implementation of Shariah compliant human milk bank for premature infants in Malaysia

Daud, Normadiah and Ali, Zurina and Ismail, Hamizah and Jamani, Nurjasmine Aida and Mohd Arifin, Siti Roshaidai and Syed Abd Hamid, Syed Abdul Khaliq (2020) The implementation of Shariah compliant human milk bank for premature infants in Malaysia. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (16). pp. 1007-1012. ISSN 2394-5125

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Human milk is the perfect food for human infants. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months and continuation of breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond after the introduction of complementary food. Full exclusive breastfeeding provides almost all of the nutrition required by healthy full-term infants and also protection against illness. In Islam, it is the right of every infant to receive the best source of nutrition for their development, a feature that can be found in mother’s milk. However, some mothers are unable to breastfeed their infants due to various unavoidable reasons. In Malaysia, cases such as premature birth, babies born from HIV positive mothers, multiple births are becoming more prevalent. Research evidence shows that infant receiving breastmilk in the early days have low risk of developing critical illness. This creates a need for the establishment of the human milk bank in Malaysia. Unfortunately, there are hurdles in setting up a human milk bank in Malaysia. This is because the 97th Conference of the Fatwa Committee National Council for Islamic Religious Affair of Malaysia held on 15th – 17th December 2011 forbids the establishment of a human milk bank. Thus, the authors propose that a Shariah-compliant Human Milk Bank to be established.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5526/81615
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human Milk Bank, Premature Infants, Shariah-Compliant
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Family Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Kulliyyah of Nursing
Kulliyyah of Nursing > Department of Professional Nursing Studies
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2020 13:38
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2020 12:17
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/81615

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