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JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: 15 April 2004 - Volume 35 - Issue 5 - p 539

In the February 2004 issue of the Journal, in the article entitled “Breast-feeding and transmission of HIV-1”, it was mentioned in the summary section that “For women choosing to breastfeed, exclusive breast-feeding is recommended for 4 months, with cessation as rapidly as possible thereafter.” This sentence does not reflect current UN recommendations, which do not give any specific time period for cessation of exclusive breast-feeding. There is no available evidence indicating a specific time for cessation of breastfeeding within the first few months of life for HIV-infected mothers who choose to breastfeed, and no blanket recommendation should be specified for these mothers. However, since exclusive breastfeeding is not generally recommended for infants beyond six months, early cessation of breastfeeding is appropriate at or before this time.

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