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Guidelines on HIV and Infant Feeding

Source: World Health Organisation
Publication Date: January 1, 2010

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2010 principles and recommendations for infant feeding in the context of HIV from the World Health Organisation. Topics covered include: balancing HIV prevention with protection from other causes of child mortality; integrating HIV interventions into maternal and child health services; setting national or subnational recommendations for infant feeding in the context of HIV; when antiretroviral drugs are not (immediately) available, breast-feeding may still provide infants born to HIV-infected mothers with a greater chance of HIV-free survival; informing mothers known to be HIV infected about infant feeding alternatives; providing services to specifically support mothers to appropriately feed their infants; avoiding harm to infant-feeding practices in the general population; advising mothers who are HIV uninfected or whose HIV status is unknown; investing in improvements in infant-feeding practices in the context of HIV; ensuring mothers receive the care they need; which breast-feeding practices and for how long; when mothers decide to stop breast-feeding; what to feed infants when mothers stop breast-feeding; conditions needed to safely formula feed; heat-treated, expressed breast milk; and when the infant is HIV infected.

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Keywords: HIV - Paediatric/Adolescent Patients, HIV - Prevention, HIV - Resource-Limited Settings, HIV - Women