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Clin Infect Dis. 2014 Jul 15;59(2):304-9. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciu272. Epub 2014 Apr 24.

Breastfeeding and HIV-infected women in the United States: harm reduction counseling strategies.

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1
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
2
National HIV/AIDS Clinical Consultation Center.
3
National HIV/AIDS Clinical Consultation Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California, San Francisco.

Abstract

Social and cultural forces have led some human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected women to question the recommendation in the United States not to breastfeed. Without an open dialogue, women may choose to breastfeed exclusively or intermittently and not disclose this to their provider. We review the evidence from global studies of the risks of breastfeeding among HIV-infected mothers and propose a harm reduction model for women considering breastfeeding.

KEYWORDS:

HIV; United States; breastfeeding; harm reduction; perinatal transmission

PMID:
24771330
DOI:
10.1093/cid/ciu272
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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