n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Maternal and infant health is protected by antiretroviral drug strategies that preserve breastfeeding by HIV-positive women : opinion

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



The South African Department of Health is justified in withdrawing support for free infant formula. By so doing, it recognises that any intervention that might detract from breast feeding poses a serious threat to infant survival. Since evidence is now strong that antiretroviral drugs used during lactation prevent transmission of infection from a seropositive mother, strategies that promote breastfeeding can now be recommended for enhancing the health of mothers and infants.

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