Dr. Doreen Mazakpwe, a Lactation Expert mothers battling conditions that do not allow them to breastfeed should be made aware of the donor milk option early enough when they are still seeking antenatal care.
urged breastfeeding mothers battling breast cancer or who are on treatment for
other cancers to consider introducing donated human milk to their babies than
opting for formula or animal milk.
In an interview
with URN on Wednesday, Dr. Doreen Mazakpwe, a Lactation Expert said mothers
battling conditions that do not allow them to breastfeed should be made aware
of the donor milk option early enough when still seeking antenatal care.
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However, while health workers are recommending donated milk, few people are
aware of it and Nsambya hospital which houses the biggest bank in the country
only stocks not more than twenty liters per day.
Nakibuuka, a Neonatologist based at Nsambya hospital says they collect ten to
twenty liters a day which is ordered immediately because of the huge need. She
says they currently have the capacity to store 250liters which can last up to six
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Their milk she says is mostly used to cater for preterm born babies whose
mothers cannot breastfeed and she says the list of those that can benefit is
being including older babies born to for instance mothers that have undergone
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With the huge need, experts recommend borrowing the idea of blood banks into
milk banks such that such facilities are put up at regional referral
hospitals across the country.
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Every year, the month of August is always considered the Breastfeeding month
since the first week is used by breast milk advocates to increase awareness
about breast milk benefits.
However, Dr. Sabrina Kitaka, a Senior Pediatrician says not all babies can take
breast milk because there are known contradictions to breastfeeding.
While in other countries, mothers living with HIV are discouraged from
breastfeeding, she says the guidance in Uganda is that an HIV-positive mother
can breastfeed as long as they are taking their antiretroviral drugs
that when it comes to cancer, mothers undergoing radiation treatment cannot