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Ways ahead: protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in the context of HIV

Author(s): Moland Karen | van Esterik Penny | Sellen Daniel | de Paoli Marina | Leshabari Sebalda | Blystad Astrid

Journal: International Breastfeeding Journal
ISSN 1746-4358

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 19;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Abstract The HIV epidemic coupled with the assumed benefits of infant formula for the children of all HIV-infected mothers have in complex ways changed public ideas about infant feeding and represents a threat to well established breastfeeding practices. In the wake of the confusion that postnatal prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) interventions have created among HIV-infected mothers, infant feeding counsellors and the public at large, it is time to reinstate the principles of the Innocenti Declaration to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in the context of HIV. The challenge that lies ahead is a search for ways to restore the trust in breastfeeding as the normal and safest way to feed an infant. This requires continued research as well as concerted advocacy and action.

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