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

What women need to know about breastfeeding in the HIV context

This pamphlet is written for women living with HIV who want to explore the possibility of breastfeeding their babies. The information set out below is not intended to replace medical advice that you may have received from your doctors and HIV clinicians. Please discuss the information in this leaflet with your healthcare providers so that, together, you can make an informed decision about how to feed your baby that will best fit your own individual circumstances.

The Lancet Breastfeeding SeriesThe Lancet Breastfeeding Series - January 28, 2016

With a substantial development of research and findings for breastfeeding over the past three decades, we are now able to expand on the health benefits for both women and children across the globe. The two papers in this Series will describe past and current global trends of breastfeeding, its short and long-term health consequences for the mother and child, the impact of investment in breastfeeding, and the determinants of breastfeeding and the effectiveness of promotion interventions.

New Research Shows That Breastfeeding Matters Everywhere and Could Save Millions of Lives and Dollars
"Political commitment and investment in breastfeeding by governments, donors, employers and civil society is urgently needed to ensure the health of women and children and to shape a more sustainable future for all. UNICEF and the World Health Organization, in partnership with close to 20 organizations, are leading the charge to mobilize global action to raise political and financial investment to support breastfeeding. Together, we are working to remove barriers to breastfeeding and to give women the tools they need to make informed decisions to ensure their health and the health of their children for generations come."
Werner Schultink, Chief of Nutrition at UNICEF

Breastfeeding saves lives and it’s time for action

Infant Feeding Support for Refugee ChildrenInfant Feeding Support for Refugee Children – #SafelyFed   Infant Feeding Support for Refugee Children

Infant Feeding Support for Refugee Children is a group of mothers and other interested people, working as volunteers, to gather and co-ordinate support for the infants (newborns to age two years old and beyond) fleeing war and thus caught in the refugee crisis.  As a group we support the WHO recommendations on Infant Feeding whereby milk, preferably mother’s milk, should be the only food given for the first six months and milk feed should be offered freely for a minimum of two years.

  • support mother & infant
  • educate, train & support volunteers
  • educate public
  • support IYCF-E aligned groups to fundraise

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

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)

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