Breast-feeding Practices in Relation to HIV in India

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The benefits of breast-feeding on infant and child health are both well established and substantial. Breast-feeding provides complete nutrition for the newborn for at least 6 months and can provide a significant proportion of nutritional needs up to 1 year of life.1 Breast-feeding also confers significant protection against infectious morbidity and mortality from gastrointestinal infections2,3 lower respiratory infections 4, and otitis media5 due to the presence of numerous immunological factors in breast-milk.6 Breast-feeding is especially important in developing countries where use of replacement foods is not advisable due to poor sanitation, unsuitable preparation and prohibitive costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBreast-Feeding
Subtitle of host publicationEarly Influences on Later Health
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2009

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
ISSN (Print)0065-2598

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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