Breast-feeding Practices in Relation to HIV in India

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Abstract

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 infections 4, 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBreast-Feeding
Subtitle of host publicationEarly Influences on Later Health
Pages299-311
Number of pages13
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Volume639
ISSN (Print)0065-2598

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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    Shankar, A. V. (2009). Breast-feeding Practices in Relation to HIV in India. In Breast-Feeding: Early Influences on Later Health (pp. 299-311). (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology; Vol. 639). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8749-3_21