Breast-feeding Practices in Relation to HIV in India
The benefits of breast-feeding on infant and child health are both well established and substantial. Breast-feeding provides complete nutrition for the newborn for at least 6 months and can provide a significant proportion of nutritional needs up to 1 year of life.1 Breast-feeding also confers significant protection against infectious morbidity and mortality from gastrointestinal infections2,3 lower respiratory infections4, and otitis media5 due to the presence of numerous immunological factors in breast-milk.6 Breast-feeding is especially important in developing countries where use of replacement foods is not advisable due to poor sanitation, unsuitable preparation and prohibitive costs.
KeywordsExclusive Breastfeed Replacement Feeding Mixed Feeding National Family Health Survey Postnatal Transmission
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