HIV stigma still haunts breastfeeding moms
HIV-positive mothers fear that publicly displaying their feeding practices may inadvertently reveal their status
Almost a decade after SA stopped providing free formula milk to babies of HIV-positive mothers to promote exclusive breastfeeding, the fear of transmitting the virus to their offspring has not disappeared.
A new study suggests new mothers either shun this form of feeding or introduce solids too early.
The study, which was done by Wits University and published in PLOS One in October, analysed breastfeeding policies and practices in SA over the past four decades...