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Early cessation of breastfeeding by HIV+ women in poor countries and child survival
Date:7/24/2008

acknowledgement that a woman has HIV.

With these latest findings, the researchers theorize that the chances of transmitting the virus may actually increase as a result of the weaning process. The breast swelling and infection (mastitis) that occurs when breast-feeding is sharply reduced may increase the likelihood that the virus will be transmitted in the few feedings that remain. "These results suggest that early, abrupt cessation of breast-feeding for HIV-infected women in low-resource settings should be avoided," Dr. Kuhn noted.


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Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
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