Advocacy Brief on Breastfeeding and HIV

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

Click here to download the Advocacy Brief.

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