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Preventing HIV infection by preventing not wanted pregnancies

Posted by verkuyl on 04 Jan 2008 at 19:23 GMT

"The net result is that benefits of reducing postnatal HIV transmission through early cessation of breastfeeding are too small to offset the high competing risks of mortality attributable to the absence of breast milk in the diet of an infant between 4 and 24 months" I would like to add as benefit that the contraceptive effect of breastfeeding will be sustained longer preventing a number of possible unwelcome pregnancies with an increasing chance of resulting in an infected baby as the HIV infection progresses in the mother.
Do the authors have any data on pregnancies and length of breastfeeding in this study?

D.A.A. Verkuyl, Gynaecologist
The Netherlands