Ethical and public health considerations of breastfeeding in the context of HIV

Nutrition seminar
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
11:00 to 12:00, Salle B


Dr Nigel Rollins
Medical Officer, Research and Development, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health.

  • Damned if you do, damned if you don’t! The HIV infant feeding paradox
  • Respecting and supporting individual choice of HIV-infected mothers
  • Developing an ethical public health approach that reconciles evidence and individual rights.

Breastfeeding is normally the best way to feed an infant. A woman infected with HIV, however, can transmit the virus to her child during pregnancy, labour or delivery, or through breastfeeding. However, breastfeeding, and especially early and exclusive breastfeeding, is one of the most valuable interventions for improving child survival. This balance of risks for an HIV-infected child between being breastfed or not, have to a large extent been resolved in the public health approach recommended in current WHO guidelines.

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Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health.

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