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HIV/AIDS

13 July 2011

HIV: exclusive breastfeeding better

Exclusive breastfeeding, essential for children of HIV-infected mothers in low resource settings, also reduced the risk of breast pathology, according to a study from Zambia.

Exclusive breastfeeding, essential for children of HIV-infected mothers in low resource settings, also reduced the risk of breast pathology in a study from Zambia.

After adjusting for factors including the child's age and maternal CD4 count, women who were practising mixed feeding or who had stopped breastfeeding were nearly twice as likely to have a breast complication, compared to those who were exclusively breastfeeding. They were 2.87 times as likely to have mastitis.

 

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