In keeping with the 2017 theme, Sustaining Breastfeeding Together, iThemba Lethu honoured the many breastfeeding mums, their partners, friends and employers who ensure that babies receive the best nutrition that growing infants need. “We also extended a special salute to the mums who donate their breastmilk to the little ones in our care. Not only have these mums benefited babies in our care but we have on occasion been able to supply donor milk to needy babies in public and private hospitals and other care homes,” said Joelle Gibson, who runs the breastmilk bank. Click to continue reading

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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