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Objective: To examine the relationship between knowledge, attitude, and acceptability regarding the use of donor breastmilk among healthcare providers for sick newborns. Methods: Purposive sampling was used to select a sample of 138 nurses and physicians who provided care for sick newborns in secondary and tertiary hospitals, Songkhla province. Four questionnaires were used to collect data including: 1) Demographic Data Questionnaires 2) Knowledge Regarding Donor Breastmilk Questionnaire 3) Attitude Regarding the Use of Donor Breastmilk Questionnaire and 4) Acceptability Regarding the Use of Donor Breastmilk Questionnaire. The 2nd to 4th questionnaires yielded content validity indices for scales (S-CVI) of 1, .95, and .93, respectively. Kuder-Richardson 20 (KR-20) was used to examine reliability of the Knowledge
Regarding Donor Breastmilk Questionnaire, yielding a value of .77. Cronbach’s alpha coefficient was used to examine reliability of the Attitude Regarding the Use of Donor Breastmilk Questionnaire and the Acceptability Regarding the Use of Donor Breastmilk Questionnaire, yielding values of .89 and .95, respectively. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Pearson’s product moment correlation coefficient. Results: Knowledge regarding donor breastmilk and attitudes regarding the use of donor breastmilk was moderate positively associated with the acceptability regarding the use of donor breastmilk among healthcare providers for sick newborns (r = .36, p < .001 and r = .59, p < .001, respectively). Conclusion: The results of this
study can be used as a guide to increase the acceptance of donor breastmilk among healthcare providers for sick newborns by improving knowledge and positive attitudes toward the use of donor breastmilk.
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