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Should HIV-Infected Mothers Breastfeed?

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Jill Moss 2007-8-5 This is the VOA Special English Development Report.

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this is the voa special english development report.

the hiv virus can be transmitted through breastfeeding

the world health organization says that breastfeeding is the best way to provide babies with the nutrients and protection against infection they need to be healthy. however, a woman with hiv can spread the virus that causes aids to her child during pregnancy, delivery or through breastfeeding. the who estimates up to twenty percent of babies born to hiv-infected mothers become infected through breastfeeding.

however, stopping breastfeeding puts children at risk of other problems. these include poor nutrition and increased risk of other life-threatening infections. these risks were shown in botswana last year. water supplies made dirty by flooding led to high rates of diarrhea and poor nutrition among babies fed liquid baby food called formula. more than five hundred children died. the number of deaths from diarrhea increased twenty times from earlier years.

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