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March 12, 2004

Breastfeeding and HIV

“Exclusive breast-feeding seems to protect against the transmission of HIV through breast milk, which is counterintuitive, I know,” --Donald Thea, Zambian Exclusive Breastfeeding Study

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Wow, cool! I'd always thought that would be an agonizing choice to have to make. It would be so fantastic if God protected babies from HIV through the mom's milk.

Posted by: Kathy at March 13, 2004 01:03 AM

For lots, lots more on this, go to www.mothering.com, type HIV into the Search window in the upper righ thand corner and articles that have been featured in recent months on the subject will come up. They dedicated a whole issue once to pregnancy, breastfeeding, drugs and HIV. Very illuminating.

Posted by: AutMom at March 13, 2004 05:50 AM

The study was focused on mothers/children in Africa, where the HIV infection is so high and the consequences of not breastfeeding can equal death to a newborn.

I'm sure any decisions made by a mother with HIV would be very difficult.

Thanks, AutMom, for the info on where to find more articles. This is something I've pondered a lot in a "what would I do" vein. Moving overseas and exposing my kids to a whole new germ environment made me very glad that my youngest was nursing when we moved, and was able to nurse longer than the other boys.

Posted by: TulipGirl at March 13, 2004 04:47 PM

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