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.
Mentor mothers - HIV-positive mothers - support and empower other women living with the virus to ensure they don't infect their children, particularly during pregnancy, labour, birth and early childhood.