Breastfeeding among HIV-1 infected women: Maternal health outcomes and social repercussions

Elizabeth Stringer, Kate Shearer

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Worldwide, the majority of HIV-infected women live in resource-constrained areas and must breastfeed because replacement feeding is not a viable option for them due to its lack of feasibility, safety, and affordability [1]. The benefits of breastfeeding are many and are often overshadowed by the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-infected mother-infant pairs. Breastfeeding confers immunological benefits to infants [2], protects infants from diarrhea and pneumonia [3, 4], and may improve cognitive function, only to name a few [5]. In low-income countries, the benefits of breastfeeding are even greater than in high-resource countries. In 2000, the World Health Organization estimated that breastfeeding could prevent 1.3 million infant deaths worldwide [6, 7].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHuman Immunodeficiency Virus type 1 (HIV-1) and Breastfeeding
Subtitle of host publicationScience, Researh Advances, and Policy
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media, LLC
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781461422501
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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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