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Subject: Boycott Israel [IslamCity] BREAST FEEDING Helps Shield Babies From HIV
To: "eGroup For Muslims Around The World" <islamcity@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tuesday, 1 May, 2007, 10:23 PM

“The mothers shall give such to their offspring for two whole years, if the 
father desires to complete the term. But he shall bear the cost of their food 
and clothing on equitable terms. No soul shall have a burden laid on it greater 
than it can bear. No mother shall be Treated unfairly on account of her child. 
Nor father on account of his child, an heir shall be chargeable in the same 
way. If they both decide on weaning, by mutual consent, and after due 
consultation, there is no blame on them. If ye decide on a foster-mother for 
your offspring, there is no blame on you, provided ye pay (the mother) what ye 
offered, on equitable terms. But fear Allah and know that Allah sees well what 
ye do.
(Al-Qur'an, 2-233 (Al-Baqara [The Cow])
Breast-Feeding Helps Shield Babies From HIV

THURSDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- By breast-feeding only, HIV-positive 
mothers reduce the risk of postnatal HIV infection in their babies, South 
African researchers report.
The study, published in the March 31 issue of The Lancet, also found that early 
introduction of animal milk and solid foods while breast-feeding increases the 
risk that infants will be infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
The findings suggest that current World Health Organization, UNICEF and UNAIDS 
infant-feeding guidelines need to be revised, said researchers from the 
University of KwaZulu-Natal.
They found that infants of HIV-positive mothers who received formula milk in 
addition to breast milk were nearly twice as likely to be infected by HIV as 
infants who received breast milk only. The addition of solid foods increased 
the risk of HIV infection in the infants 11-fold.
The death rate at three months for babies who were fed animal milk or solid 
foods was more than double that of babies who received breast milk only, the 
researchers found.
"The key finding of our study is the definite demonstration that early 
introduction of solid foods and animal milks increases HIV transmission risks 
compared with exclusive breast-feeding from birth. These data, together with 
evidence that exclusive breast-feeding can be supported in HIV-infected women 
(and uninfected women), warrant revision of the present UNICEF, WHO, and UNICEF 
infant feeding guidelines that were revised in 2000," the study authors wrote.
More information
The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has more about 
HIV infection in infants and children.
- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, March 29, 2007
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