Breast milk initiative aiming to help moms, babies in need

You may or may not have heard about Milk Matters. It's an initiative that allows mothers to share their excess breast milk with babies in need. Carene Joubert, a clinical manager and dietician from Milk Matters and Dino Bossi, one of the developers and one of the computer science honours student from UCT join for a discussion. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - You may or may not have heard about Milk Matters.

It's an initiative that allows mothers to share their excess breast milk with babies in need. 

The idea was born in 2003 by Dr Melissa Densmore, a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town. 

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Carene Joubert of Milk Matters says they started the initiative for mothers who can't produce milk.

"There was a big need for babies to receive an alternative to formula if mom can't supply her won breast milk to the baby."

However, Joubert says that the need for breast milk is more than Milk Matters can supply.

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"The need is definitely greater than what we can supply."

The Milk Matters initiative also has an app that tracks donor mothers and their milk. 

Developer Dino Bossi says the app was developed in collaboration with Milk Matters and some donor participants.

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eNCA