5) Although most woman can physiologically breastfeed one or more infants, it is essential they have accurate information and support from family, healthcare professionals and society in general.
The participants said they were confident they had enough milk to breastfeed their twins and they were confident with breastfeeding in general.
The participants discussed support provided by their local multiple birth club and how valuable it was to talk to other mothers who had twins and learn how they managed to breastfeed.
Avoidance of breastfeeding carries risks of illness, malnutrition, and the possibility of discrimination against mothers who do not breastfeed.
All HIV-negative women were encouraged to exclusively breastfeed for 6 completed months, with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years.
Exclusive breastfeeding continues to have a place for the large majority of HIV-positive women in sub-Saharan Africa who cannot replacement feed safely (AFASS) and who wish to breastfeed for cultural reasons, and for the even larger group of HIV-negative women or women of unknown status.