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 year for the first time African continent, in an effort to encourage a more global perspective and representation. It was also the first year to host an entire pre-conference workshop on Human Milk Banking, highlighting a trend seen throughout the conference to focus on public health research in addition lab-based research.

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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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