Led by UNICEF and WHO, the Global Breastfeeding Collective is a partnership of more than 20 international agencies calling on donors, policymakers, philanthropists and civil society to increase investment in breastfeeding worldwide. This advocacy brief by the Global Breastfeeding Collective is a call to action to improve HIV-free survival and development for children born to mothers living with HIV.
The key messages are:
Breastfeeding is a life-saving intervention and the best nutrition for babies
There is a very low risk of HIV transmission when mothers adhere to treatment throughout the breastfeeding period.
Support is key to helping women with HIV adhere to their treatment regimen and breastfeed safely and with dignity.
HIV testing, treatment and support should be provided as part of the care women receive before, during and after pregnancy.
Preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV is a public health priority