Elizabeth Brierley has been working for Milk Matters since 2009 and now heads up the organization. She is a registered paediatric nurse and lactation consultant and has a Masters in Public Health from the University of Cape Town. She has the aspiration of ensuring that all premature infants have equal access to donor breastmilk and believes that breastfeeding is the key to reducing infant morbidity and mortality.
Candice Lindgren is a registered dietician with a BSc (Honours) in dietetics from Stellenbosch University. She worked as a dietician for adults in the UK before returning home to follow her true passion – paediatric nutrition. She is an aspiring lactation consultant and loves being able to help mothers and babies in their breast feeding relationship.
Louise, a Registered Nurse, Midwife, and Lactation Consultant is a founder member of Milk Matters. She is passionate about sharing with parents and medical personnel information about breastfeeding and Skin to Skin care that will allow more mothers to successfully breastfeed their babies. She is convinced that too many mothers stop breastfeeding unnecessarily because of misinformation and a lack of support.
Jenny joined Milk Matters in 2005 in order to assist with running Milk Matters, a rapidly growing and developing organisation. Jenny’s desire to get involved in breastfeeding support was sparked by seeing far too many distressed mothers giving up breastfeeding because of a lack of adequate support and information. Working in the field of milk banking provides the unique opportunity to contribute towards as many babies as possible having access to breastmilk, ideally from their own mother or, if that is not possible, from a breastmilk bank.
Linda is a Registered Nurse, Midwife, Community Health Nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and founder member of Milk Matters. She has been working with mothers and babies since 1984 and is extremely passionate regarding breastfeeding.
Jacquie is a founder member of Milk Matters and is currently living in Australia. She has personal and professional experience with breastfeeding, and sees it as a vital key to health for baby and mother. For those babies who cannot breastfeed, she hopes to help get them donor breast milk as the second best option to breastfeeding, while still helping as many mothers as possible to establish breastfeeding in due course for the health and proper development for their babies.
Olga joined Milk Matters in 2012 as our much needed Processing Officer. Olga takes responsibility for handling the donated breastmilk throughout the bottling, pasteurisation and testing procedures. Olga also ensures a steady supply of packets of sterile containers for supplying to donor mothers.
Pinky Ngcuka volunteered at Milk Matters in early 2014, wanting to make a difference in the community and being a big believer in breastfeeding. Pinky proved such an asset that she was offered the post of Administrative Officer and works both at Milk Matters Head Office and as Co-ordinator of Paarl Milk Bank, which falls under Milk Matters.
Donor milk really saved my sons life. He weighed 985g when he was born at 27 weeks. Because of your organisation, most of all your donors, my son is healthy, his weight at the moment is 4.5kg – getting fatter by the day. May God bless you all and the work you do. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation, thanks and gratitude to all the mothers who have donated breast milk. You have restored hope and life, which otherwise may have been lost.
We see the miracle of life unfolding before our eyes as these babies grow and develop. This miracle is realised because of your milk.