How does Netcare support breastfeeding?
In line with the World Health Organization (WHO) policy on neonatal nutrition,
Netcare supports exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life —
particularly for babies in our neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).
Netcare established Ncelisa human milk banks in November 2017, with the goal of
providing premature and medically vulnerable babies, who are eligible and cannot
receive their own mother’s breast milk, with safe donor breast milk.
Netcare has 35 human milk collection sites (depots) and five milk banks where
donated breast milk, including colostrum, is stored and distributed to eligible
babies in NICUs in both private and public sector hospitals, free of charge.