The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals
& organisations concerned with the protection, promotion & support of breastfeeding worldwide.
WABA action is based on the Innocenti Declaration, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the
Global Strategy for Infant & Young Child Feeding. WABA is in consultative status with UNICEF & an NGO
in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
Breastfeeding and HIV
Protecting Babies, Empowering Mothers
HIV/AIDS is not discriminatory. It could affect anybody, and babies are not spared from this risk. When a child is brought into the world, we wish he best for the child. However, sometimes, reality hits hard. There has been debate on the interventions that should be put in place to prevent post-natal transmission, while also protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding for the majority of children who benefit from it. WABA aims to work together with UN agencies, breastfeeding groups and other interest groups including HIV&AIDS, women, and sexual and reproductive health groups, towards better maternal, child and community survival and well-being. We can help to create a safe environment where each mother can feel confident that her baby will have the best chance possible to survive and thrive.
Guidelines on HIV and infant feeding 2010. Principles and recommendations for infant feeding in the context of HIV and a summary of evidence.
These guidelines were produced by the World Health Organization Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development and HIV, in collaboration with UNAIDS, UNFPA and UNICEF.

To download a pdf version, please click here.
Pledge to say "Paediatric HIV"!
No other disease is named for the route of transmission. We never hear of mother-to-child-hemophilia, and certainly not aedes-to-homosapien dengue fever!

Why should mothers be named as the vector as identified by the term Mother-to-Child-Transmission (MTCT) of HIV. Click here to support mothers now!
HIV-Positive: OK to Breast-feed?
The scientific community accepted that there is reduced risk of breastfeeding compared to formula feeding for HIV positive mothers in Africa & Asia. Podcast interviewing South African pediatrician Hoosen Covadia, on the acceptance by the scientific community. More...
Flash-heated breastmilk can be utilized for "replacement feeding".
Red Ribbon and the Golden Bow
The Red Ribbon means the global response and solidarity with people living with HIV. The Golden bow means breastfeeding is the gold standard for infant feeding. Together it means responsiveness and support for women, mothers, girls and babies for survival, food security, better reproductive health, gender equity and community support. Wear the Red Ribbon and the Golden Bow now! To get one, click here
Protecting Babies, Empowering Mothers: An Action Kit on Breastfeeding & Paediatric HIV
We can help to create a safe environment where each mother can feel confident that her baby will have the best chance possible to survive and thrive. This Action Kit seeks to clarify how, in a situation of competing risks, each individual child's right to the highest attainable standard of health can be assured. The Action Kit is currently being reviewed. Write to us if you are interested in the Kit.
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The images appearing on this section is for illustration purposes only. In no way does it reflect the HIV status of the mother or baby.

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