Gauteng Breastfeeding Forum

The GBF Mission

The Gauteng Breastfeeding Forum is an organisation representing groups and individuals who are committed and motivated to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in the Gauteng Province.

Our Objectives

To encourage mothers to exclusively breastfeed where possible for 6 months, and thereafter to continue breastfeeding while receiving appropriate and adequate complementary foods for up to two years of age or beyond.

To share up-to-date, evidence-based information to increase awareness of the importance of breastfeeding amongst health workers and public.

To lobby for appropriate breastfeeding facilities for mothers and babies in public and in work places over and above what is already stipulated in the Labour Act and Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

To advocate for change to improve the breastfeeding conditions for working mothers.

To encourage and support activities to correspond with World Breastfeeding Week themes.

To monitor and encourage adherence to the Code of Ethics for the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and relevant National policies.

To encourage and support training, education and research projects where possible.

To promote, encourage and support the implementation of MotherBaby-Friendly Initiative (MBFI).

To involve, encourage and give recognition to partners (e.g. fathers, boyfriends).
Membership is open to any individual or group interested in the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding in Gauteng.

We also publish a number of informative posters promoting exclusive and early breastfeeding.

We hold regular meetings to discuss new projects we can undertake to improve breastfeeding uptake and education.