Understanding International Policy
on HIV and Breastfeeding:
a comprehensive resource

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January 2013 — "Understanding International Policy on HIV and Breastfeeding: a comprehensive resource" is a resource which aims to clarify the confusion which has arisen during the last decade due to changing HIV and infant feeding guidance. The resource is intended for policy-makers, breastfeeding advocates, national breastfeeding committees, public health advocates, women's health activists and others working in the community.

The resource also 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.

A HIV Kit of an overview of infant feeding in the context of HIV. There are six sections, with information, issues to think about and to discuss, actions to take, and contacts for further resources.

SECTION 1 Introduction
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 & Infant Feeding policy
SECTION 6 Glossary, definitions and further resources

WABAPress Release: WABA World AIDS Day Statement
Getting to Zero: Maximising Infant HIV-free Survival through Breastfeeding

2014 marks the final opportunity for celebration of the theme "Getting to Zero", adopted for the last five years to focus on the targets of zero new infections and zero AIDS related deaths. Progressively improved access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) between 2002 and 2012 has averted an estimated 4.2 million deaths in low- and middle-income countries. » download pdf

Back to the Future on HIV and Breastfeeding: The findings that transformed policy

GOLD Lactation & Breastfeeding Conference would like to share this invaluable presentation given by Pamela Morrison, IBCLC during our GOLD Lactation Online Conference in 2013.

Pamela explores the research that influenced HIV and infant feeding policy. She describes a journey spanning promotion of maternal infant feeding choice in the face of an uncertain outcome to a clear recommendation based on up-to-date evidence about child-survival. Twenty-five years later breastfeeding enjoys a renewed endorsement regardless of a mother's HIV-status.

This presentation is being made available in commemoration of World Aids Day. We hope you enjoy this captivating information.

HIV and breastfeeding: the unfolding evidence
by Pamela Morrison & Zoe Faulkner - Essentially MIDIRS vol 5, no 11, December/January 2015

"Global infant feeding recommendations in the presence of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) made an abrupt about-turn in 2009. While replacement feeding was previously promoted to prevent postpartum HIV transmission, global guidance now recommends a return to breastfeeding as the most effective strategy to enhance overall child survival. » more

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