HIV and Infant Feeding: Revised Principles and Recommendations Rapid Advice. WHO (2009)

HIV and Infant Feeding: Revised Principles and Recommendations Rapid Advice. WHO (2009) WHO recommendations on infant feeding and HIV were last revised in 2006 (pub- lished in 2007 as an HIV and Infant Feeding Update – ISBN 978 92 4 159596 41). Signifi- cant programmatic experience and research evidence regarding HIV and infant feeding have accumulated since then. In particular, evidence has been reported that antiretro- viral (ARV) interventions to either the HIV-infected mother or HIV-exposed infant can significantly reduce the risk of postnatal transmission of HIV through breastfeeding. This has major implications for how women living with HIV might choose to feed their infants, and how health workers should counsel mothers when making these choices. The potential of ARVs to reduce HIV transmission throughout the period of breastfeed- ing also highlights the need for guidance on how child health services should commu- nicate information about ARVs to prevent transmission through breastfeeding, and the implications for feeding of HIV exposed infants through the first two years of life.

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