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Making the decision to breast-feed gives babies the best possible start in life," she said.
A baby won't be barraged with HIV every time it breast-feeds, but since a child takes milk several times a day, each baby of an infected mother is presumed to be regularly exposed to HIV.
A mother who feeds formula or other food part of the time and breast-feeds to fill in is therefore increasing her baby's vulnerability to HIV infection.
Factors outside a woman's control, such as her health, work responsibilities, or how well the baby breast-feeds might force her to supplement the baby's diet with nutrients from other sources.
We already know how to prevent breast-feeding transmission: Don't breast-feed," says Lynne Mofenson of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Md.
The researchers didn't randomly assign women to breast-feed or formula feed, but studied healthy and HIV-infected women who chose to breast-feed only, bottle-feed only, or supplement breast-feeding with formula, milk, or solid foods.
A good deal of research has pinpointed factors which may be associated with this, for example, older mothers, non-smokers and those with higher levels of education and income are more likely to breast-feed.
However, this new research indicates that simply making the decision to breast-feed during pregnancy outweighs all these factors combined.
Those who intended to breast-feed for at least four months continued for 4.
Mothers who are HIV positive or who have AIDS should consult their medical professional when malting the decision to breast-feed.
3) Thousand Oaks resident Christine Matheson breast-feeds 9-month-old Alec at Amgen's child-care center.
The purpose of all this is to clear the air and create an ambience so a woman can breast-feed in public, in private, anywhere she has a right to be,'' said majority leader Antonio Villaraigosa, D-Los Angeles, AB 157's sponsor.
I believe very strongly in a woman's right to breast-feed.
Although Susan Siskin, a La Leche League group leader, thought the women-only section of her gym was a discreet place to breast-feed her first child eight years ago, she remembers being confronted by an angry woman that day.
Doing so might encourage more moms to breast-feed and increase people's awareness about the benefits.