Nutrition – 1: Feeding options for newborn HIV exposed infants
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Nutrition – 1: Feeding options for newborn HIV exposed infants

Target audience: nurses, clinical officers, medical officers, paediatricians, physicians, counsellors, social workers, public health officers, nutritionists

Objectives: By the end of this session the learner should be able to:

  • Discuss feeding options available to HIV exposed infants


Diana is a HIV positive 17 year old female who is pregnant with her first child. She lives in Kibera’s unplanned settlement with her aunt. Diana does not go to school but helps to support herself and contribute to the household by finding occasional work as a casual labourer.

1.Discuss the newborn feeding options available to Diana, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Suggested reading:

WHO Guidelines on HIV and infant feeding 2010: Principles and recommendations for infant feeding in the context of HIV and a summary of evidence

HIV/AIDS: A Guide For Nutritional Care and Support. 2nd Edition. Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance Project, Academy for Educational Development, Washington DC, 2004.

This document is available on the NASCOP website.