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Can Breast Milk Fight HIV?

You are probably well aware now that breast milk offers many advantages to your baby’s growth and development.  In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics advocates breastfeeding your infant exclusively for at least the first six months after birth.  Not only has research shown that breastfeeding can lower your child’s risk of obesity and chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), but it contains various vitamins and nutrients that aid in defending your child from many illnesses. Illnesses that include some childhood cancers, Crohn’s Disease, Type I Diabetes, and Celiac Disease.

It has also been recently discovered that breast milk can help guard against HIV.  A popular and sometimes controversial topic, HIV has been the subject of immense research in recent decades.  But can breast milk fight HIV? Thanks to researchers at renowned Duke University Medical Center, this critical question has finally been answered.

Today we know that HIV can be spread from mother to child through breastfeeding but only about 1 in 10 mothers carrying HIV will transmit the disease to their child.  That is an extremely small chance when you factor how often mothers breastfeed each day.  These statistics made scientists question how so few children were becoming infected with the virus. Further research indicated that there are actually antibodies found in breast milk that neutralize HIV, averting it from being passed to the baby.  The discovery of the protein in the breast milk, Tenascin C, is a huge step in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Can breast milk fight HIV?

This new knowledge is yet another reason why breastfeeding is a vital part of your baby’s healthy life. Breastfeeding can be hard to manage if you are not prepared with the proper breastfeeding and breast pumping tools. Aeroflow Breastpumps can help.

Under the Affordable Care Act, most insurance plans will cover the cost of breastfeeding equipment and support.  This could mean a breast pump for you and your little one at no cost to you!  Aeroflow Breastpumps offers only the best breast pump brands on the market right now including Medela, Ameda, Hygeia, Spectra, Nuk, Tomy, and Lansinoh.

Want to find out if your insurance plan will cover a free breast pump?  Head on over to our Qualify Through Insurance form.  Once you complete the form, one of our friendly Breastpump Specialists will verify your benefits and give you a call to discuss your coverage.  It’s simple and fast!  If you need immediate assistance, give us a call at (844)867-9890.  We look forward to working with you!

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