Human milk banking, like wet nursing, has been around for years. But in modern times with the rise of HIV, precautions are necessary. The South African Breastmilk Reserve allows babies to be fed with breast milk when their mothers are unable to do so. It helps to reduce the risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission, and other infections in premature babies.
A special kind of fertility clinic has opened it doors in Cape Town – one that gives HIV-positive couples the opportunity to conceive and give birth to HIV-negative babies.