Khanyi Nzama estimates that, for an hour a day last year, she was [email protected] 26 babies. Every day, she expressed 260mls of [email protected] milk into a bottle and delivered it to the local Human Milk Bank.
“I went to the hospital and I saw how some of these sick babies took 10mls in two hours. So I was not only feeding my own baby, I was also helping to feed another 26 children.”
Khanyi’s baby, Fezile, is now three and no longer [email protected] so Khanyi directs her efforts at persuading other mothers to donate their milk.
Khanyi, 32, lives in Marianhill outside Durban, in a poor community. A quietly spoken mother of two, she is motivated by a desire to help others. “Most of the mothers are unemployed and live on social grants.
Many are very young and are single parents. Some say they are starving and can’t feed. The kids look malnourished.”
When Fezile was born, the nurses encouraged Khanyi to read more