South African mother and her baby
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Mothers in South Africa donate their breast milk

Doctors say the first line of defence for new born babies is proper nutrition and that almost 90% of neonatal deaths occur in the first week of life.

As Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg reports, South African mothers have been saving the lives of hundreds of premature babies, by donating their breast milk.

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  • 07 Aug 2013
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