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Withholding breast milk for HIV exposed infants in sub-Saharan Africa: benefit or harm?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22649441     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Feeding options for HIV exposed infants has remained topical and controversial in most settings of sub-Saharan Africa. This commentary, expresses the author's opinions on this topical issue for and against breastfeeding or infant formula, with supporting evidence drawn from relevant literature on researches conducted in settings of sub-Saharan Africa. At the moment, it seems sensible to recommend that health care workers and policy makers should explore the options of making breastfeeding safer rather than withholding it for sub-Saharan African HIV exposed infants. It is hoped that when Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) becomes universally accessible and available to HIV infected women in sub-Saharan Africa, breast milk HIV transmission will be a rare event and the health benefits of breastfeeding for the infant and mother will be maximized.
J Musa
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  African health sciences     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1729-0503     ISO Abbreviation:  Afr Health Sci     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-31     Completed Date:  2012-08-29     Revised Date:  2013-06-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101149451     Medline TA:  Afr Health Sci     Country:  Uganda    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  602-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetric and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria.
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MeSH Terms
Africa South of the Sahara
Breast Feeding*
HIV Infections* / prevention & control,  transmission,  virology
Harm Reduction
Infant Formula*
Infant, Newborn
Infectious Disease Transmission, Vertical / prevention & control*
Socioeconomic Factors

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