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Breastfeeding Found to Prevent AIDS

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    Breast-Feeding Helps Shield Babies From HIV Robert Preidt The Lancet http://www.kold.com/global/story.asp?s=6301430 THURSDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- By
    Message 1 of 1 , May 4, 2007
      Breast-Feeding Helps Shield Babies From HIV
      Robert Preidt
      The Lancet
      http://www.kold.com/global/story.asp?s=6301430


      THURSDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- By breast-feeding only,
      HIV-positive mothers reduce the risk of postnatal HIV infection in
      their babies, South African researchers report.

      The study, published in the March 31 issue of The Lancet, also found
      that early introduction of animal milk and solid foods while
      breast-feeding increases the risk that infants will be infected with
      HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

      The findings suggest that current World Health Organization, UNICEF
      and UNAIDS infant-feeding guidelines need to be revised, said
      researchers from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

      They found that infants of HIV-positive mothers who received formula
      milk in addition to breast milk were nearly twice as likely to be
      infected by HIV as infants who received breast milk only. The addition
      of solid foods increased the risk of HIV infection in the infants 11-fold.

      The death rate at three months for babies who were fed animal milk or
      solid foods was more than double that of babies who received breast
      milk only, the researchers found.

      "The key finding of our study is the definite demonstration that early
      introduction of solid foods and animal milks increases HIV
      transmission risks compared with exclusive breast-feeding from birth.
      These data, together with evidence that exclusive breast-feeding can
      be supported in HIV-infected women (and uninfected women), warrant
      revision of the present UNICEF, WHO, and UNICEF infant feeding
      guidelines that were revised in 2000," the study authors wrote.


      More information
      The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has
      more about HIV infection in infants and children.

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