HIV and infant feeding: New evidence and programmatic experience, report of a Technical Consultation

Summary: This report presents a summary of new findings, conclusions, and recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) HIV and infant feeding Technical Consultation, held in Geneva, Switzerland, October 25–27, 2006. The Consultation was organized by WHO on behalf of the Inter-agency Task Team on Prevention of HIV Infections in Pregnant Women, Mothers and their Infants. Topics discussed include the risk of HIV transmission through breastfeeding and how to reduce it; the impact of different feeding methods on child survival; implementation of current WHO recommendations and guidance on HIV and infant feeding; early cessation of breastfeeding; implementation of counseling; and feeding options (home-modified milk, heat-treatment of breastmilk).