Understanding International Policy on HIV and Breastfeeding: a comprehensive resource

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), January 2013

This is a resource which aims to clarify the confusion which has arisen during the last decade due to changing HIV and infant feeding guidance. It summarises up-to-date scientific evidence as at the end of 2012. Research emerging between WHO’s 2006 and 2010 guidance documents showed conclusively that maternal/infant ARV regimens during pregnancy and breastfeeding greatly reduce vertical transmission of HIV; and that exclusive and continued breastfeeding significantly improves overall HIV-free survival.

  • Section 1: Introduction to current HIV and infant feeding policy
  • Section 2: The global HIV pandemic and how it affects women and children
  • Section 3: Interventions to maximise mother and child health and survival
  • Section 4: Counselling HIV-positive mothers about how to feed their babies using current HIV and infant feeding recommendations
  • Section 5: Chronology and evolution of HIV & IF policy
  • Section 6: Glossary, definitions and further resources
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