The Future of Breastfeeding in the Face of HIV-1 Infection: Science and Policy

  • Marc Bulterys
  • Athena P. Kourtis
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 743)


This book presents a comprehensive and detailed overview of transmission of HIV-1 to the infant via the infected mother’s breast milk. There is no question that breast milk is the ideal food for the infant—with numerous nutritional, immunologic, cognitive, and psychological benefits for the mother/infant dyad, it is a food evolutionarily designed and uniquely tailored to the needs of the developing infant. Promotion of breastfeeding is now recognized throughout the world—and especially in resource-limited settings—as one of the most critical interventions to prevent infant and young child mortality [1–4]. Derrick Jelliffe, one of the founding fathers of developing world pediatrics and child health/nutrition, aptly described the result of promotional practices of the formula industry in the 1960s and 1970s as “commerciogenic malnutrition” [5–7].


Breast Milk Exclusive Breastfeed Poor Health Infrastructure Rapid Weaning Formula Industry 
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The opinions expressed in this chapter are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Global HIV/AIDS (DGHA)Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)AtlantaUSA
  2. 2.CDC Global AIDS ProgramBeijingChina
  3. 3.UCLA School of Public HealthLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Division of Reproductive HealthNCCDPHP, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

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