“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 and other foods, manufacturers of infant milks have a huge responsibility. They must ensure that their products are safe, fed only to the appropriate-aged infants, as nutritionally complete as possible and strictly informed by science.”
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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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