Several women who have given birth at Mankweng Hospital, outside Polokwane in Limpopo, have praised the work of breastmilk banks to ensure that babies who do not get breastmilk from their mothers can at least benefit from the much-needed nutrition in the form of milk donated by other women.

During a visit by Health-e News to the breastmilk bank at the hospital last week, three mothers, including one who is also a nursing sister at the hospital, spoke out about the importance of breastfeeding.

Thuagai Mphofu (21), originally from Zimbabwe, whose baby girl will be a month old on 16 August, said: “Breastmilk contains all the nutrients that help balance a baby’s temperature at a mid-level. Breastfeeding also establishes a strong bond between the mother and child. I would love to donate my own breastmilk to other babies.”

Thuagai Mpofu would love to donate her breastmilk to other babies.

Thuagai Mpofu is more than happy to donate her breastmilk to other babies. (Photo: Montsho Matlala)