In October last year, the team from Breastpumps and Beyond very kindly donated a Medela breast pump to Surgeons for Little Lives for our mothers. It has made a huge difference and we are very grateful to them for their kind donation. They have not only donated the pump, but they also give of their time as they come through to the unit weekly to assist our mothers. We are so excited to be able to assist our mothers in this way. It is part of our focus for 2019, as we will be breaking ground on our new Lactation Unit and Breastmilk Bank at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital this year, which is so exciting!

#ProjectMoM – Mothers own milk. Did you know, South Africa has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world? This is a scary statistic indeed, especially considering the amazing benefits breastmilk brings. This is where #ProjectMoM comes in. Mom stands for Mothers own Milk. The breastpump + Beyond Team aim to spread the word, and necessity of the importance of Mom, not only to feeding mothers by educating SA on the importance of MoM. To see how you can get involved with #ProjectMoM:

Scary Stats in South Africa! Mother’s own Milk is vital in so many ways. Believe it or not, there is even economic value for South Africa in increased breastfeeding/expression. This comes down to the subject of medical bills. You see, there is a small percentage of frail, premature and sickly infants born each year. However, this tiny little minority makes up the huge portion of infant medical costs in South Africa. A major cost is being created by the minority. Furthermore, and sadder still, these little babies have an unnecessarily high rate of death. This is where the importance of breastfeeding and expressing MoM comes into play. Breastpumps + Beyond has recently joined forces with Surgeons for Little Lives and have been educating and empowering moms at Baragwanath hospital. We are very grateful for their support – thank you!