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Infant feeding and HIV study does not support Minerva's view

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 29 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:303
  1. Magda Sachs (, breastfeeding supporter,
  2. Phyll Buchanan, breastfeeding supporter,
  3. Mary Broadfoot, breastfeeding supporter,
  4. Ted Greiner, research adviser, nutrition
  1. Breastfeeding Network, Paisley, PA2 8YB
  2. International Maternal and Child Health Unit, Uppsala University, Uppsala, SE-75185, Sweden

    EDITOR—Minerva's report of the study by Nduati et al into HIV and infant feeding quotes figures for babies alive and free of infection with HIV-1 at two years.1 One striking finding was the lack of overall difference in infant mortality between the two trial arms despite a higher level of HIV transmission in the breast fed arm, implying a trade off between mortality related to HIV and artificial feeding.

    A review of the risks of not breast feeding found that infants not breast fed …

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