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 […]
A World Health Organization (WHO) study of 16 countries across Europe has found that breastfeeding can cut the chances of a child becoming obese by up to 25%. WHO calls for curbs on the marketing of formula milk which, said senior author Dr João Breda, misled women into thinking breast was not necessarily better. In […]
As I watched a woman leave my house with a carrier bag full of my breast milk, I felt proud. Although my breastfeeding journey had not worked out as I had imagined, it comforted me to know that my breast milk would be nourishing other babies. When I gave birth to my daughter, five months previously, she did not take to breastfeeding.
Pope Francis has encouraged women attending a ceremony in the Sistine Chapel to feel free to breastfeed their children in the church.
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 […]
During a major strike by nurses at a Durban hospital, Baby M was amongst a group of four babies who had been abandoned in the hospital’s paediatric ward. Two doctors who were completing their internships at the hospital, with the help of volunteers, brought the babies to the iThemba Lethu Transition Home to be taken […]
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 […]
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 […]