Human Milk Banking and SARS CoV-2 update. March 2021Prof Anna Coutsoudis & Dr Penny Reimers Is there new evidence and what are the current recommendations on donated breastmilk and Covid-19? There were several recommendations in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic was first declared. The general recommendation was that COVID-19 positive mothers should not donate breastmilk […]
In an effort to prevent infants being infected with SARS-CoV-2, some governments, professional organisations, and health facilities are instituting policies that isolate newborns from their mothers and otherwise prevent or impede breastfeeding.
The commitment to setting up donor milk banks needs to be harnessed to ensure the focus includes critical breast- feeding support, so countries looking to set up milk banks make it an integral part of their planning and operation.
This report exposes the lack of scientific underpinning behind the products BMS manufacturers put on diferent markets. Manufacturers are constantly placing new formula products on the market with a variety of di erent claims. Often, they claim that their products are informed by the ‘latest developments in nutritional science’. However, the wide variety of products […]
“On the basis of this, the report concludes that Nestlé is not driven by nutritional science, but instead by a sharp and prioritised focus on profit and growth at the expense of infants and their parents. As two out of three babies currently rely on formula, either on its own or in combination with breastmilk […]
Trixia, 19, bottle feeds her four month-old daughter near her home in a deprived community in Navotas, Metro Manila, the Philippines. ————Photograph: Hanna Adcock/Save the Children ——————– Formula milk companies are continuing to use aggressive, clandestine and often illegal methods to target mothers in the poorest parts of the world to encourage them to choose […]
Lactation Consultant Penny Reimers considers the ethics behind paying donor mothers for breast milk In South Africa, paying mothers for breast milk is illegal. Because human milk is classified as a human tissue, it is governed by the Human Tissue Act, which prohibits payment for donating anything deemed to be human tissue. This includes a prohibition […]
Abstract Written by the WHO/UNICEF NetCode author group, the comment focuses on the need to protect families from promotion of breast-milk substitutes and highlights new WHO Guidance on Ending Inappropriate Promotion of Foods for Infants and Young Children. The World Health Assembly welcomed this Guidance in 2016 and has called on all countries to adopt […]
Report on the Human Milk Banking Workshop ISRHML Conference Stellenbosch, South Africa 3rd of March 2016 9am-12pm Human Milk Banking (HMB) was highlighted in a pre-conference workshop on the 3rd of March 2016 at the International Society of Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) Conference. Held every two years, the conference was hosted this […]
The Lancet Breastfeeding Series is the first of its kind to evaluate global breastfeeding levels, trends and inequalities, in addition to the short- and long-term consequences for both mother and child, regardless of where they live or their income. The Series underscores the importance of policy interventions to increase and sustain breastfeeding levels. This interactive […]