In 2006, Baby P was born in George, one of South Africa’s southern most towns. He was delivered by Caesarian section at 28 weeks and weighed only 1kg.

His mother had had breast surgery and was unable to provide him with breastmilk.

The Sister at the Neonatal Unit recruited 2 mothers in George to express milk for him and when those stocks ran low, iThemba Lethu Breastmilk Bank was contacted and frozen donor milk was couriered to George.

Baby P continued to be fed only donor breastmilk for the first three months. His recovery was remarkable and 2 months later he was discharged from hospital weighing 2.1kg!

He had suffered no setbacks or infections and the weight he had gained exceeded that of average premature babies.

Another month after being discharged from hospital he weighed 2.54kg.

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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