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HIV and Infant feeding

Author(s)Guidance from the UK Chief Medical Officers' Expert Advisory Group on AIDS
AbstractThe guidance aims to assist health care professionals to provide the necessary information, advice and support to women who are infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to enable them to make personal, well informed decisions about feeding their baby.
Breastfeeding is an ideal way to feed infants because its benefits go beyond nutrition in that it protects against common childhood diseases and this guidance reviews those risks so that women can be given the evidence of the relative risks and benefits compared to alternatives.
The guidance outlines: -
Mother to Child HIV transmission and the risk of breastfeeding
Further information about HIV transmission through breastfeeding
Collaborative statement from WHO, UNAIDS and UNICEF
Issues in reaching a decision about breast feeding
If an HIV-infected woman chooses to breastfeed
Breastfeeding is an important route of HIV transmission to the infant of an HIV-infected mother and this guidance sets out the information needed by HIV-infected pregnant women and new mothers and the healthcare staff who are caring for them to make an informed decision about infant feeding in this situation.
Date of publishing09/01/2004
Date of last review by us11/07/2011
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Click here for full reviewSue WisemanThe guidance provides information on the risks and the evidence available on this issue, and answers the questions that HIV-infected women and new mothers and the healthcare staff looking after them will ask to enable them to make informed decisions on infant feeding.. . .


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