Breast-feeding and HIV: an update

  • Anna Coutsoudis Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban


Breast-feeding is a route of transmission of HIV from an infected mother to her infant. However, breast-feeding is an important pillar of child survival and the ideal way of feeding an infant, as well as providing a unique biological and emotional basis for child development. This article highlights the dilemma created by the risks and benefits of breastfeeding and will discuss factors that increase the risk of HIV transmission during breast-feeding as well as strategies that could be employed to reduce these risks. Many questions remain unanswered.
Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine Vol. 5 (4) 2004: 45-48

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