In 2004, Baby MR was born at 31 weeks and remained in hospital for a further 4 weeks.

From the very first day his mother, a medical doctor, expressed milk every 3 hours, day and night, to ensure she built up a good supply.

Baby MR’s mum was able to nourish him with her own breastmilk and once he was home and feeding had been well established, she expressed milk in the morning for donation. By the time Baby MR was 4 months old, his mum was a regular donor.

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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