Baby A was brought to the iThemba Lethu home at the age of 7 months, weighing only 2.7kg. He was born prematurely, weighed only 1.5kg at birth and was abandoned at the hospital. In 7 months of being fed formula he had only gained 1200g.

When he arrived at iThemba Lethu he was fed breastmilk immediately. Within 2 weeks of being fed donated breastmilk he had gained 550g!

Written by HMBASA

With the increasing number of milk banks around the country, it was felt that an association was necessary to provide guidelines for these organisations. Guidelines for donor milk banking were developed in 2008 based on those used by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America and United Kingdom Association of Milk Banks. An inaugural meeting to discuss the formation of HMBASA was held at the Priorities Perinatal Conference in March 2008, and The Human Milk Banking Association of South Africa (HMBASA) was registered as a non-profit organisation in 2009.

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