Im my previous post (which I encourage you to read if u have not), I introduced the topic of breastfeeding with a focus on an African mother. I discussed the technique of breastfeeding, introducing supplementary feeds as well as formula feeding. As promised I will conclude that discussion in this second part, which is just a continuation, by discussing breastfeeding for mothers who are HIV positive as well as the process of weaning.
Breastfeeding and HIV/AIDS
In Zimbabwe we have made great strides in reducing the transmission of HIV from mother to child. We started off with incidences as high as as 50% before the era of antiretroviral treatment to current ones of close to 5% (which is still coming down). HIV can still be transmitted during breastfeeding and in other settings mothers choose not to breastfeed as a way of protecting their babies. Makes sense doesn’t it?
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