HIV Transmission Through Breastfeeding

A review of available evidence

No. of pages: 33

Publication date: 2004

Author: WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA

Publisher: WHO

ISBN: 92-4-156271-4

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A review of available evidence describes briefly the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and infants in general. Transmission by breastfeeding is discussed in the light of overall mother-to-child transmission of HIV-1 infection.

This publication is one of a series on HIV and infant feeding. It presents the scientific evidence relating to the transmission of HIV infection by breastfeeding; this evidence constitutes the basis of the following documents: