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Summary Breastfeeding, particularly for the first 6 months of life, is unquestionably the ideal way to feed most infants. However, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pandemic has caused debate and confusion about the best way for HIV-positive mothers to feed their children. This review provides recent key findings and opinions around making breastfeeding safer for HIV-positive women, and argues for preservation of breastfeeding, as opposed to complete avoidance of breastfeeding for all HIV-positive women.

L'allaitement maternel, en particulier durant les six premiers mois de la vie, est incontestablement la manière idéale d'alimenter la plupart des enfants en bas âge. Cependant, la pandémie VIH a causé la confusion et posé le débat au sujet de la meilleure manière pour les mères VIH positives d'alimenter leurs enfants. Cette revue fournit des résultats et des avis majeurs récents sur la question de rendre allaitement maternel plus sûr pour les femmes VIH positives et plaide pour la conservation de l'allaitement maternel durant la pandémie VIH en opposition à l'action d’éviter complètement d'allaitement pour toutes les femmes VIH positives.
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Keywords: HIV/AIDS; VIH/SIDA; allaitement maternel; breastfeeding; developing countries; lactancia materna; mother-to-child transmission; pays en développement; países en vías de desarrollo; transmisión vertical; transmission mère - enfant

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1:  Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa 2:  Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Somkhele, South Africa

Publication date: September 1, 2007

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