Useful Links and Contacts
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Human Milk Banking Association of South Africa (HMBASA)
HMBASA is a non-profit organization that co-ordinates and provides guidance for human milk banking centres throughout South Africa.
iThemba Lethu Breastmilk Bank
Breastmilk bank in Durban, SA.
Contact: Kirsten Coutsoudis
South African Breastmilk Reserve (SABR)
Breastmilk bank in Johannesburg, South Africa.
United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking (UKAMB)
The umbrella organisation for breastmilk banks in the United Kingdom.
Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA)
HMBANA is a multidisciplinary group of health care providers that promotes, protects, and supports donor milk banking.
Breast Feeding Association
Mothers who have breastfed their own babies and undergone breastfeeding training, offering telephonic support. Louise Goosen: email@example.com Linda Glynn: firstname.lastname@example.org Breastfeeding Association Helpline: 021 686 8363
La Leche League
Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. (From LLLI Policies and Standing Rules Notebook, May 89; rev Apr 93)
Western Cape: Dilshaad Sungay 021 930 2475 email@example.com Eastern Cape & Kwazulu Natal: Naomi Mitchell 072 130 9879 firstname.lastname@example.org Gauteng: Ute Gerard 082 652 6436 email@example.com Gauteng – East Rand: Mara Kriel 0837541045 firstname.lastname@example.org
Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs)
IBCLCs are specialist breastfeeding consultants with the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to manage lactation-related problems. They are the lactation consultants whom mothers and other healthcare professionals turn to when skilled assistance is required.
To find an IBCLC in your area of South Africa contact Leana Haback: email@example.com
Hospital grade breastpumps, Medela Lactinas, available for hire from Milk Matters.
Note: each user needs their own Lactaset attachments to use with the pump. The lactaset can be used as a hand pump on its own. Contact Milk Matters: firstname.lastname@example.org 021 659 5599 / 082 895 8004
At KellyMom.com, their goal is to provide support & evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting. Information is provided by Kelly, a mother of three and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Breastfeeding Inc. aims to empower parents by ensuring they receive the most up-to-date information to assist them with their breastfeeding baby. They strive to provide them this information through breastfeeding resources which include, but are not limited to, free information sheets, video clips, and articles. Some resources, such as books, protocols and videos can also be purchased through the website.
Resources on the site are created by Dr Jack Newman and lactation consultant Edith Kernerman.
Breastfeedingonline.com hopes to help empower women to choose to breastfeed and to educate society at large about the importance and benefits of breastfeeding.
International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)
ILCA is the professional association for IBCLCs and other healthcare professionals who care about breastfeeding families.
Unicef Breastfeeding Information
UNICEF : United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF is the world body that strives to look after the interests and rights of children. UNICEF works with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. One aspect of this is the benefits of breastfeeding of infants. This includes focusing on the number of children dying of malnutrition and ways of promoting breastfeeding, even in the face of HIV. Breastfeeding information: http://www.unicef.org/nutrition/index_24824.html Breastfeeding, HIV and Infant Feeding: http://www.unicef.org/nutrition/index_24827.html WHO/UNAIDS/UNICEF infant feeding guidelines: http://www.unicef.org/programme/breastfeeding/feeding.htm
Australian Breastfeeding Association
An active association supporting and encouraging breastfeeding in Australia.
Infant Feeding Action Coalition Canada
INFACT Canada is a national non-governmental organization that works to protect infant and young child health as well as maternal well-being through the promotion and support of breastfeeding and optimal infant feeding practices.
Kangaroo Mother Care (Skin to Skin Care)
Kangaroo Mother Care Promotions aims to promote the spread and implementation of Kangaroo Mother Care as the standard method of care for all newborn babies, both premature and full term. They aim to give firm scientific facts for medical and nursing professionals, and at the same time to convey these to all parents, to ensure babies get the best care.
Postnatal Depression Support Association South Africa (PNDSA)
PDNSA is an organisation dedicated to supporting women who may be suffering from postnatal depression and assisting them to find help. It is run by a group of health professionals and other women who have suffered from postnatal depression themselves.
WOMBS – Women Offering Mothers Birth Support
WOMBS is an organisation representing trained doulas in South Africa who are committed and motivated to promote and protect antenatal support, active labour and birth and/or provide postnatal support. WOMBS believes that parents should be empowered to make informed decisions about labour, birth and postnatal care for their families and have access to health care systems which support their choices.
Society of Private Nursing Practitioners (SPNP)
Contact SPNP for referral to any private registered nurses or midwives. email@example.com 021 532 2623
The Parent Centre
The Parent Centre was established in 1983 and provides education and training workshops, home-visiting programmes, community talks, support groups as well as parental counselling. While the Centre is based in the Western Cape, training can be arranged in other areas.
SA Multiple Birth Association (SAMBA)
Support and resources for the parents with twins, triplets, etc.
Twins and Triplets Society (TATS)
TATS is a society made up of mothers of multiples. This site offers useful information in the form of hands on experience, articles, advice and contacts. There are a number of office bearers who run the society and act as counsellors and a person to turn to when you are at a wits end.
The aim of the Little Steps website is to provide parents of premature babies and healthcare professionals caring for them with the latest information and techniques required to nurture them in growing and reaching their developmental goals.
A national support group for the parents of premature babies. They offer advice, support, information and products relating to premature birth and babies in South Africa.
My baby had 24 hours of donor milk. I’d just like to say thank you for the wonderful work you do, and thank you to the donor. I’m so grateful that there are people who are willing