HOW to go about getting milk from the Breast Milk Reserve Bank:
Sister Annemarie Oelofse, the manager of the Breast Milk Reserve Bank, explains how the process works.
“We want to help as many mommies as possible to breastfeed for as long as possible.
“Premature babies usually get about 1ml of milk per kilogram per hour.
“This means they get about 20ml on their first day and then we will increase it by 1ml every day.
She said their rules they would provide breast milk for babies weighing less than 1.8 kg.
“We feed them for 14 days, although in some instances we exceed the two weeks,” she said.
“We try to feed as many as we can.”
Oelofse said the bank had a commitment to supply breast milk to Dora Nginza Hospital in Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage Provincial Hospital.
They also supply milk to to Greenacres and Life St George’s Hospitals in PE.
Mothers whose babies are being treated at state hospitals receive the milk for free, but the bank requires a donation from mothers in the private sector.