UN amends policy on breast feeding

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 01 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:297
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    After decades of promoting breast feeding for infant nutrition, the United Nations has issued recommendations intended to discourage women infected with HIV from breast feeding.

    The UN directive advises that all HIV infected women should be informed of the risks of breast feeding before they decide whether to breast feed. The step is aimed at preventing transmission ofHIV from mothers to babies in developing countries.

    The guidelines …

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