Bacterial Contamination and Nutrient Concentration of Infant Milk in South Africa:A Sub-study of the National PMTCT Cohort Study
Health Systems Trust
South Africa provides HIV+ mothers with free commercial infant milk for six months of the infants life in 18 pilot sites for the prevention of mother-to-child-transmission (PMTCT). Many mothers in the PMTCT-programme choose to accept this formula, but few studies of actual feeding patterns have been conducted. Studies in some PMTCT pilot sites have shown that mothers have difficulties in formula feeding their children. The risks of replacement feeding are well known in general, but very few detailed studies of the issues involved have been in any African setting.