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Trop Med Int Health. 2007 Sep;12(9):1116-33. Epub 2007 Aug 20.

Preserving breastfeeding practice through the HIV pandemic.

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  • 1Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.


Breastfeeding, particularly for the first 6 months of life, is unquestionably the ideal way to feed most infants. However, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pandemic has caused debate and confusion about the best way for HIV-positive mothers to feed their children. This review provides recent key findings and opinions around making breastfeeding safer for HIV-positive women, and argues for preservation of breastfeeding, as opposed to complete avoidance of breastfeeding for all HIV-positive women.

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