HIV transmission through breastfeeding

A review of available evidence - update 2007


World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA

Publication details

Editors: World Health Organization
Number of pages: 66
Publication date: 2008 (English - update version), 2005 (French), 2004 (Spanish)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
ISBN: 978 92 4 159659 6



This publication is an update of the review of current knowledge on HIV transmission through breastfeeding, with a focus on information made available between 2001 and 2007. It reviews scientific evidence on the risk of HIV transmission through breastfeeding, the impact of different feeding options on child health outcomes, and conceivable strategies to reduce HIV transmission through breastfeeding with an emphasis on the developing world.