Want to save a life? Then donate your breast milk. This is the plea from the South African Breastmilk Reserve (SABR)
Surrogate breastfeeding has come under the spotlight after an HIV-negative mother discovered her two-month-old infant had been infected with HIV.
Eleven years ago, breast milk banks were a rare find in SA. These days, thousands of premature babies across the country are getting milk from these banks - an important part of their growth, as it provides them with nutrients.
An article in the Daily Sun covering a school which allows teen moms to breastfeed during school time, misses out on the chance to help make the government’s new and controversial breastfeeding-only policy workable.
Last year August saw a scramble of media activity with thousands of ‘punny’ boob-based headlines sprinkled throughout the papers.
The occasion? Aaron Motsoaledi’s announcement that government would institute a breastfeeding-only policy; discontinuing the distribution of free formula to HIV-positive moms via public healthcare facilities.
The move has proved to be controversial, with various experts lamenting that if not paired properly with antiretroviral treatment, a breastfeeding-only strategy could in fact reverse the dramatic drop in mother to child transmission of HIV.
However a Daily Sun article on breastfeeding moms at an East London school, which appeared in Wednesday’s (9 May 2012) Daily Sun, seems oblivious to all this hullabaloo.
A Bonitas sponsored article in last week’s Mail&Guardian
appears to give a round-up of the pros and cons that dominate debates on infant-feeding in South Africa, following big changes in government policy last year (including the withdrawal of free infant formula). But on closer examination its engagement with the issue is superficial at best.
The Mail & Guardian
reports that doctors and HIV-positive mothers have voiced the opinion that the government’s new exclusive breastfeeding plan is good on paper but may not work in the real world.
The Mail & Guardian’s
Bonitas health supplement does a sterling job of dispelling common myths around HIV.
News reports on the consultative meeting on breastfeeding have dominated the news media this week.