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Improving breastfeeding in the context of HIV

Improving breastfeeding in the context of HIV

Author: UNICEF South AFrica
Price: Free
No. of pages: 28
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: UNICEF South Africa
Languages: English

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A baby born in South Africa today is likely to be breastfed within the first hour after birth, regardless of the mother’s HIV status. Exclusively breastfeeding a baby up until the age of six months is a life-saving intervention. As recently as 2010, however, providing HIV-positive mothers with infant formula was still the norm in many parts of the country. This was until a determined team of policy makers and academics from KwaZulu-Natal began advocating for the life-saving qualities of breast-milk, a call that began to reverberate at a national level, leading to radical policy changes aimed at supporting breastfeeding in the context of HIV.





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