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Children 2017, 4(1), 7; doi:10.3390/children4010007

Time to Consider Moving Beyond Exclusive Breastfeeding in Southern Africa

Department of Pediatrics, University of California, 550 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA
Academic Editor: Sari Acra
Received: 11 January 2017 / Revised: 17 January 2017 / Accepted: 17 January 2017 / Published: 24 January 2017
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Abstract

While there have been considerable advances in the reduction of mother to child transmission of HIV (MTCT) in sub-Saharan Africa with the advance of anti-retroviral therapies (ART), there remain challenges in the late postpartum period. Structural issues including food insecurity and stigma make better maternal ART adherence and exclusive breastfeeding unreachable for some women. There are no other scientifically researched feeding options as there have been few studies on different types of mixed feeding practices and risk of HIV infection. Additional studies are warranted to assess detailed feeding practices in HIV exposed infants in relation to clinical outcomes. View Full-Text
Keywords: Sub-Saharan Africa; mother to child transmission; mixed feeding; breastfeeding; prevention of mother to child transmission Sub-Saharan Africa; mother to child transmission; mixed feeding; breastfeeding; prevention of mother to child transmission
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Wojcicki, J.M. Time to Consider Moving Beyond Exclusive Breastfeeding in Southern Africa. Children 2017, 4, 7.

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