The South African Breastmilk Reserve (SABR) are calling on all mothers to donate breast milk at local breast milk-banks.
The SABR, which is currently the largest human-milk-banking partner of the South African Department of Health, has warned that breastfeeding rates in South Africa are dangerously low with only 7,2% of South African women breastfeeding.
“We believe that breastfeeding, access to mothers-own-milk, donated breastmilk and education are the keys to unlocking infant survival”, says Stasha Jordan, breastfeeding activist and executive director at SABR.
“We are calling on all mothers to donate breastmilk at local breastmilk-banks to ensure that the young lives that do not have access to their mothers’ breastmilk get the best chance of a healthy start to life. Not just during International Breastfeeding Week but on an ongoing basis.
In the previous financial year, the SABR had 889 donors and supplied breastmilk to 1295 infants, which contributed to saving an average of 5,000 premature infants from infection and mortality associated with lack of breastfeeding, since its inception in 2003.