After three months, the HIV infection rate among the exclusively breastfed group was 4.04 percent.
Among the mixed group, babies who received formula milk in addition to breast milk were twice as likely to acquire HIV infection. And those who had solid food -- typically porridge -- ran 11 times the risk of infection compared with the breastfeeding-only group.
In addition, the death rate at three months among the exclusively breastfed babies was 6.1 percent; among children given replacement feeds, it was 15.1 percent.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Breastfeeding and HIV-Positive Moms
Exclusive breastfeeding halves HIV infection risk for baby: